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Senator Cotton Still Opposed To Republican Proposal To Replace Obamacare

File photo of Sen. Tom Cotton speaking in 2014.
File photo of Sen. Tom Cotton speaking in 2014.
File photo of Sen. Tom Cotton speaking in 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News
File photo of Sen. Tom Cotton speaking in 2014.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas says despite proposed changes to the federal healthcare bill introduced by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, he still cannot back the measure. He also doesn't think it will have the support needed to pass in the Senate.

In a statement Tuesday, the Republican said:

Despite the proposed amendments, I still cannot support the House health-care bill, nor would it pass the Senate. The amendments improve the Medicaid reforms in the original bill, but do little to address the core problem of Obamacare: rising premiums and deductibles, which are making insurance unaffordable for too many Arkansans. The House should continue its work on this bill. It’s more important to finally get health-care reform right than to get it fast.

Cotton's statement comes the same day that President Donald Trump visited Capitol Hill to twist some arms in an effort to build support for the proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The president reportedly told Republicans House members they could lose reelection if they didn't back the measure.

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