Ex-GOP Rep: I Used To Be Anti-Obamacare…Until I Was Unemployed With a Pre-Existing Condition

During Monday night’s broadcast of MSNBC’s The Last Word, one former Republican Congressman revealed that he has now come to appreciate the thing he ran against to win his House seat.

David Jolly, who won a 2014 special election in Florida’s 13th District largely due to his anti-Obamacare stance, came out tonight and said that while he used to dislike the Affordable Care Act, he understands now how useful it is as a “safety net.”

“On January 4th, I was a former member of Congress — unemployed with no health insurance” Jolly noted. “And a pre-existing condition.”

He added that while he eventually chose a private-sector insurance plan, he also knew that “Obamacare provided an exchange that was a safety net that wasn’t there before.”

Jolly went on to point out that the politics of Obamacare in 2017 are different than a few years ago when he lost his doctor and previous insurance plan because of the law.

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office released its score of Senate Republicans’ health care plan, revealing that the bill will lead to 22 million Americans losing coverage by 2026.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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