Baldwin City Lawrence Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said Monday in Baldwin City that the Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as Obamacare, was “actuarially unsound” and vowed Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature legislation would continue.
“We haven’t given up hope the whole thing won’t collapse under its own weight,” she said. “I will tell you the fight remains, if you all think the discussion on health care is over, you are sorely mistaken.”
The 2nd District Republican U.S. House representative addressed a group of residents Monday at a coffee meeting at the The Lodge. Jenkins followed the coffee with a tour of McFarlane Aviation in Vinland.
Jenkins said Obamacare was “unsustainable as written” but that Republicans couldn’t repeal the legislation as long as Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate and Obama was president.
But Jenkins said House Republicans would continue to propose changes in the law. Such an action was taken last week when the House passed a measure Jenkins sponsored that would delay by one year the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The legislation is not expected to go anywhere in the Senate, and the president has already promised a veto should the legislation make it to his desk.
Jenkins and other House Republicans have been criticized for passing 50 bills to amend or repeal Obamacare with the knowledge they wouldn’t get Senate approval, Jenkins said. Those critics ignore the seven changes to the original legislation made because of bills the House passed, she said.
“If we can get seven changes for every 50 we tee up, we’re going to tee up 50 more next week,” she said. “That’s moving the ball in the right direction.”
In response to a question from the audience, Jenkins said there was little chance Congress would act to raise the minimum wage. Such legislation has failed to make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate, and House Republicans don’t support the move, she said.
Jenkins said a better way to get more money in the pockets of low-wage workers would be to repeal the rule in Obamacare that requires employers to provide health care to all those working 30 hours or more.
“You get more money in people’s pockets just by letting them work full-time than bumping the minimum wage to $10.10,” she said.