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Ron Johnson Lukewarm On Obamacare Replacement Plan

Wisconsin Senator Among Many GOP Lawmakers Unsure About Bill Despite Support From Trump, Ryan

Ron Johnson
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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the Republican health care proposal backed by President Donald Trump doesn’t do enough to curtail eligibility for Medicaid or to reduce health care premiums.

Johnson is among Republicans lukewarm to the overhaul of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. In an interview on WNYC with radio host Charlie Sykes, Johnson said Wednesday the GOP legislation, which is being pushed by fellow Wisconsin Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, should not be rushed through Congress.

Johnson said there may have been an unrealistic expectation about how quickly the current health care law could be changed.

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Republican opposition to the reforms grew after the Congressional Budget Office projected Monday the legislation would push 24 million Americans off coverage in a decade and shift out-of-pocket costs toward lower income, older people.