MADISON, Wis. – Yesterday, Ron Johnson admitted that, should the GOP take back the Senate in 2022 they would not only raise taxes on 32% of Wisconsinites, but also redouble efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
See the coverage below.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson signaled Monday that if Republicans regain control of Congress this year — and the presidency in 2024 — they should again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act … Johnson has been a staunch foe of Obamacare since launching his political career in 2010 and defeating incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold.”
The Washington Post: “If Republicans also won the White House in 2024, he [Johnson] added, that would be when they could ‘actually make good on what we established as our priorities.’ ‘For example, if we’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare — I still think we need to fix our health care system — we need to have the plan ahead of time so that once we get in office, we can implement it immediately, not knock around like we did last time and fail,’ Johnson said, referring colloquially to the signature legislation of former president Barack Obama.”
Politico: “One thing Johnson wants to do? Circle back to repealing Obamacare. Johnson blamed Republican leaders for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare during Donald Trump’s presidency, but suggested he wanted to try again. ‘I think we still need to fix our health care system. We need to have the plan ahead of time so that once we get in office, we can implement it immediately. Not knock around like we did last time and fail,’ the Wisconsin Republican said.”
Axios: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R. Wis.) said in an interview Monday that the GOP should repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if Republicans retake control of the White House and Congress in 2024…Johnson told the Breitbart News Daily podcast on Monday that Republicans need to ‘get our act together’ for the 2024 election so they can ‘make good on what we’ve established as our priorities.’”
The Guardian: “The Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson said Republicans should try again to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they take back power – then retreated…Speaking to Breitbart News, a far-right site, on Monday, Johnson said Republicans could ‘actually make good on what we established as our priorities’ if they won control of Congress in midterms this year and the presidency in 2024.’”
Heartland Signal: “Since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Congressional Republicans attempted to repeal the ACA at least 70 times, according to a 2017 analysis by Newsweek. The GOP abandoned the effort after Democrats won the House majority in the 2018 midterm elections. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last July that 31 million Americans have health care coverage through the ACA, the most ever…Jake Wilkins, a spokesperson for Johnson, defended the senator’s comments on Twitter. ‘There seem to be a lot of folks on Twitter Dot Com who are surprised that a Republican Senator who opposed Obamacare still doesn’t like Obamacare,’ Wilkins wrote.”
The American Independent: “Without prompting, Johnson volunteered Obamacare repeal as one necessary priority, saying, ‘For example, if we were going to repeal and replace Obamacare — OK, I think we still need to fix our health care system — we need to have the plan ahead of time so that once we get in office, we can implement it immediately, not knock around like we did last time and fail.’ Johnson ran originally in 2010 on a ‘repeal and replace’ promise…In 2017, he repeatedly voted for proposals to scrap the popular law and reiterated that he had not given up on finding a way to do so even after the GOP majority failed to reach an agreement on any path forward.”