Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation Chris Bedford warned the GOP to fix Obamacare quickly or risk opening the door to single-payer health care Friday on “America’s Newsroom.”
“I think Republicans actually should be worried about single-payer coming from the Democrats. Because as you said, not every politician in the Democratic Party has signed on to this, but all the alleged leaders have,” he said. “The people that we’re talking about running for the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party in 2020, they’ve all signed on to this. And Republicans better fix it [Obamacare], or they’re not going to have their chance.”
Bedford said health care became a partisan issue under former President Barack Obama, adding the political division in D.C. is hurting the American people.
“One of the most toxic legacies I think we have from the last president is he’s made healthcare a partisan issue now. And that’s not good for Americans,” Bedford said. “No Republicans signed on to the original Obamacare deal. It was jammed through on Christmas eve. And no Democrats despite what they say, are going to sign on with Republicans. They are all saying, this is your mess. And what they should be saying is, does this help our constituents.”
TheDCNF editor also called out comedian Jimmy Kimmel for having impossible standards and playing politics with a life and death issue.
“Then you have people like Jimmy Kimmel out there saying that this doesn’t pass the Kimmel test. Well there’s a problem with that. Obamacare doesn’t pass the Kimmel test. No health care system we’ve had in this country passes the Kimmel test. So we need to be a little more realistic. And to be realistic, I don’t think the Democrats are going to help the GOP on this one bit,” he said.
Bedford said the Graham-Cassidy bill has issues, but called it a “step in the right direction” because it sends power back to the individual states.
“It is a step in the right direction. Unscrewing this thing and sending the power back to the states and bringing in some other stake holders,” he concluded.
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