After emerging from a closed door meeting regarding Senate Republican’s new health care bill, revealed on Thursday, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas compared the current health care system to Thelma and Louise driving their car off a cliff.
Roberts was responding to questions surrounding the Senate bill, which has been thus far negotiated in secret, presumably to avoid the speculation and criticism the GOP House bill faced. The Senate bill, which would scrap key elements of the Affordable Care Act and overhaul Medicaid, did not receive the warmest endorsement from Roberts:
“It’s a lot like being in the back seat of a convertible of Thelma and Louise,” Roberts said, referring to the current system, which Republicans contend is failing. “And you got to get out of the car,” he continued. “Maybe the first car we get into is not exactly the car you want, but you gotta do that, and then maybe there’s another car.”
The Thelma and Louise comment is of course in reference to the famous scene from the film in which Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis drive their car off a cliff.
“This is gonna take take some time,” Roberts warned. “You can’t just fix it in this period of time. So we just have to do the best we can, get something done and then continue to work on it.”
Roberts was asked if a week is enough time to digest the bill, before the Senate votes next week ahead of the July 4 recess.
“I don’t think anybody has any indigestion, in terms of digesting the bill.” Roberts replied. “I mean we have been talking about it now for what, eight years?”
“But again, we can’t delay,” he added. “I mean, delay is higher co-pays and higher premiums and insurance companies, you know, leaving areas they serve.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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