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GOP Senator: Republican Healthcare Plan ‘Is Not Going to Work to Bring Down Premiums’

With both conservative and moderate Republicans on Capitol Hill showing reservations towards the GOP Obamacare replacement bill proposed earlier this month, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was asked for his thoughts on the proposal during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning.

Host Jake Tapper noted that Cotton has been very critical of the bill and that the Arkansas lawmaker feels the proposal will put the Republican majority in the House at risk. The SOTU host then asked Cotton if he would get rid of the Medicaid expansion, considering one of his concerns is the impact the bill will have on lower-income Americans.

“The Medicaid expansion I think needs to be part of Medicaid transformation and that’s what the House bill moved forward,” Cotton said, referring to a previous bill. “It can be improved to some degree, but it’s about a 70% or 80% solution, Jake.”

He continued, “The bigger problem with this legislation is on the private insurance market. I simply think that it’s not going to work to bring down premiums for working Arkansans or working Americans around the country.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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