Virginia Senators oppose GOP's health care bill

Virginia Senators oppose GOP's health care bill

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- If the idea is to improve health care, Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say that the Senate Republicans' bill -- even a revised one -- doesn't come close.

"This is exactly the problem," said Warner. "If there's a revised bill from yesterday, it's still building off this base of  this bill that provides tax cuts for the wealthy. It really hurts Medicaid and lays 22 million people off [health insurance]."

"Whenever they're done changing it, they need to put it out so the public can see it, so we can hear what's good, wha's bad, what needs to be fixed," said Kaine. "But trying to tweak it and jamming it through doesn't respect the people. And even if they pass it, I guarantee that it would hurt a lot of people."

But the Republican Party of Virginia says it is long past time to overhaul and replace Obamacare, and they say that's what the American people voted for last November.

"People have been hurting for seven years," said Garren Shipley, the ‎Virginia Communications Director at Republican National Committee. "And it's very hard for us as Republicans to say, 'No, you just wait a little longer. Keep paying these exorbitant fees, keep putting off care because you can't afford the deductible while we slow down.' We've been working on this a long time. We were given a mandate to fix this, end the suffering of people who were victimized by the Affordable Care Act."

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