Sen. Johnson Fields Healthcare Questions in Belmont
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is back in Wisconsin after contributing to delaying the Senate's vote on a healthcare bill.
Johnson stopped in Belmont, WI [about 10 miles east of Platteville] for a luncheon with members of chambers of commerce in southwest Wisconsin.
Johnson took questions from the audience, the majority were questions related to potential changes to the nation's healthcare law.
Some of the people also aired their personal concerns about potential changes.
Johnson worked to explain his position on reigning in Medicaid expansion, and lowering premiums by adjusting pre-existing condition coverage policy.
Johnson told the group, “There must be some level of accountability. You really can’t expect people, long-term, to buy insurance if they can buy it after they already get ill.”
Johnson says using some form of high-risk pool is a way to ensure people with pre-existing conditions are still covered.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump tweeted, "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"
Johnson said, “I think we really do need to have a replacement, I think just repealing right now is not an acceptable solution. Now what I will say is I’ve heard those proposals of repeal with a date in the future to put pressure on us to do the replacement. I could potentially buy into that as long as out in the future.”