Representative Jodey Arrington Says Obamacare Fix May Be More Repair Than Replace [INTERVIEW]
Friday on The Chad Hasty Show, U.S. House District 19 Representative Jodey Arrington joined Chad in the KFYO studio to talk about news and current events in Washington D.C. and on the South Plains.
Arrington and Hasty discussed many different issues including the importance of rural America, agriculture and farm bills, oil and gas, and progress being made in Congress on the issues of tax cuts and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as "Obamacare". Also discussed was the "Indivisible" movement that has been disrupting Republican town-hall meetings recently across the nation.
When asked by Hasty whether or not Washington D.C. has received the message yet, that rural America actually does matter, Arrington replied,
That's my single, central message [to Washington], is, rural America matters to this country. It matters from an economic perspective, it matters from a national security perspective, and it matters, not just because we're the bread basket, or just because we're the energy basin, but because we're the backbone of this country.
Arrington and Hasty discussed the public's reaction to slow movement in Congress on the repeal of "Obamacare". Hasty then asked Arrington what he expects the timeline to look like moving forward with repeal of the ACA, upon which so many GOP based their election wins in the 2016 General Election. Arrington said, "It took years to get here. Let's be reasonable and let's move fast, but let's move responsibly."
Arrington described the complexity of the issues and the committee, procedural and budgetary mechanisms that must be dealt with. Hasty asked Arrington whether or not he agrees with former Speaker of the House John Boehner's recent remarks saying that "Obamacare" is never going to be replaced. Arrington replied,
I don't even like the word replacement, because replacement suggests that we're going to have another top-down federal government solution to this problem. I think we've got to replace it, if you will, with market forces, state flexibility, empowering the consumer. To me that's more reform, that's more repair [of the health care system].
Listen to the entire interview with Representative Jodey Arrington in the video above.