Sen. Amy Klobuchar: "Absurd" Obamacare Ruling Would Set Healthcare "On Fire"


Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss the possibility of a government shutdown and the Texas court’s decision that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D), MINNESOTA: Thank you so much. It's great to be on, Margaret.

BRENNAN: We had this significant decision out of Texas on Friday, with this federal judge striking down Obamacare as unconstitutional.

And you have tweeted: "Now it's on us and the Democratic attorney generals. Let's get to work."

What does that mean?

KLOBUCHAR: Well, what that means is, because you have an administration -- and you just heard it -- that basically is standing while the house is burning down, and instead of going in there and putting out the fire, they're throwing lighter fluid on it in terms of tweets and rhetoric and things are saying.

The ruling was absurd. Justice Roberts on a conservative court has already ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, unlike what Mr. Miller said. And, in fact, you can have part of it not exist, and you can still have the rest of it protect Americans.

And that is exactly where this is headed. And I can say that this is about, first of all, throwing people off of their insurance, no protection with preexisting conditions, kids staying on their parents' insurance until they're 26 years old, a very popular and important protection, Medicaid expanded for millions of Americans.

That's what we're talking about here. And for them just to throw up their hands and say, well, it would be great if we just started from scratch, that's not what the American people believe.

Just look at the result from the last election.

BRENNAN: Senator Barrasso, who was just here, said that he does think there's room for legislation to protect preexisting conditions, one of the things that would get thrown out with this ruling if it's upheld.

Would you...

KLOBUCHAR: But I just mentioned a number of other things that would also have to be done.

So the best thing here...

BRENNAN: But is there room for Democrats to work on those sort of issue-specific things with regard to this?

KLOBUCHAR: Well, there's always room to work on things, but the best way and what I believe will happen is, this will be stayed in court, so it continues to take effect.

Then it will go up on appeal. It will be upheld. But what we should be doing is governing from opportunity, and not chaos. That means doing something about pharmaceutical prices and passing my bill to allow Medicare to negotiate for less expensive drugs for our seniors, and letting less expensive, safe drugs come in from other countries, so that we can actually have competition, doing something about premiums with re-insurance and some of the things going on in the states.

So, yes, there are things to do. But we should be working to improve the Affordable Care Act, not just throw it out and set it on fire.

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