Blunt on health care: more options, fewer government mandates

April 23, 2019 - 5:38 am

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said the country needs to develop more, not fewer, options to make health care more affordable.

Blunt toured Kansas City's Hope Health Center, a faith-based facility that does not receive federal grant money. 

The senator said he sees one basic reason President Donald Trump backed away from a plan to ditch the Affordable Care Act until after the 2020 election.

"I think he just figured out that we didnt' have the votes to do that, nor was it likely that the Senate and the House were going to agree in a presidential election cycle," Blunt said.

Thank you, Dr. Jessica Richter, for giving me a tour of @hfcckc in #KCMO. Community health centers like Hope Family are vital lifelines for Missourians to receive quality, affordable health care

— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) April 22, 2019
A major problem with Obamacare, Blunt said, is that is relies on government micro-management. 

"I think it's too complicated to be over prescriptive," Blunt said. "One of the big obstacles of the Affordable Care Act is every insurance policy had to look like very other insurance policy, too many boards, too many agencies."

Recently Blunt said the Medicare For All plan, which is backed backed by a number of Democrats, won't gain any traction, saying it could end up being "Medicare For None." A federal judge struck down Obamacare in December but  the plan will remain in place during the appeals process.

"An insurance policy that has a deductible that you can't pay, is that better than no insurance policy at all?" Blunt asked.

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