Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rep. Mark Sanford: GOP House Leadership Bill Is Just an ‘Opening Bid



AP/Bruce Smith

by NEIL W. MCCABE8 Mar 2017Capitol Hill89

South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday that in the spirit of President Donald Trump’s legacy as a businessman, he is treating the Obamacare bill supported by Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) as the beginning of the process, not the end.

“In as much as President Trump views many things as a negotiation, I’m quite sure he would rarely take any party’s opening bid,” said Sanford, flanked by other members of the House Freedom Caucus, as well as Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R.-Utah)–all of whom consider the RyanCare bill a weak attempt to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

“With regard to a healthcare bill moving forward, I see leadership’s healthcare plan as an opening proposal,” he said.

“The debate that is forming will allow conservatives to enhance and improve what has been proposed, and I think this could represent a win for patients, healthcare providers, and the taxpayer alike,” the congressman said.

“In the case of the Affordable Care Act, it’s impo
rtant that we not lower the bar on what we believe simply because a Republican is now in the White House,” he said.