Since the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed so miserably last week, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said during an interview early Monday that House Republicans are now moving on to tax reform.
“We now have Obamacare for the foreseeable future, with all the problems we have especially in the individual marketplace,” Collins told CNN’s “New Day,” pointing out that Connecticut “doesn’t even have an insurer next year.” He said that Americans will have to live with Obamacare for the next nine months, at least.
He said he was part of a group of moderate Republicans who met with Democrats last week to try to work out a compromise on health care, but, in the end, Collins called it “a joke and, frankly, a waste of our time.”
“We’ll tweak something a little bit here or there, but we need more money to do this, we need more money to do that,” Collins said of the Democrats’ proposal. “They want to fix it on their terms only.”
Defeated in that area, Collins said that House Republicans are now switching gears to focus on tax reform, instead.
“The insurance companies are going to have to deal with what they’re going to have to deal with, because we tried,” Collins said, noting that Democrats just stood by and offered no help as Republicans attempted to fix the failing Affordable Care Act legislation. “We tried to fix this thing and it didn’t play out. Not a single Democrat stood with us when we tried to fix it. And now, they’re going to say it’s our fault? You know, give me a break.”
ABOUT CHRIS COLLINS
Christopher Carl Collins (born May 20, 1950) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who has been the United States Representative for New York’s 27th congressional district since 2013. Previously he was the County Executive of Erie County, New York from 2007-11. He is a resident of Clarence, New York.
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