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Sen. Angus King to Chris Wallace: 'There’s no such thing as Obamacare'

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, claims there is no such thing as Obamacare.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, claims there is no such thing as Obamacare.
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While appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told Chris Wallace that Obamacare doesn't really exist.

"There’s no such thing as Obamacare," he said close to the end of his interview.

“You can’t sign up for Obamacare. You sign up for an Anthem policy, or an Aetna policy, or a Welthorn policy. It’s private insurance,” he added.

But the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- does exist, and it compels all Americans to buy insurance that meets certain guidelines, whether they want to or not. So far, some 6.2 million Americans have lost their insurance due to Obamacare, while millions have seen their premiums and deductibles skyrocket under the law, despite Obama's many promises.

As CNS News pointed out, even President Obama has called the law "Obamacare."

King also told Wallace the law should be changed and plans to discuss those changes with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who has so far, refused to allow the changes to come up for a vote.

"I've never seen a piece of legislation yet that was perfect," King said. " In fact, the United States Constitution, probably the most perfect piece of legislation ever devised by the mind of man, has been amended 27 times. I think it's time to try to fix it. And in fact, that's what the public wants."

But Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., disagreed, telling Wallace King's proposed fixes are insufficient.

"What Angus is offering in his legislation only nibbles around the edges. It doesn't get to the fundamental flaws of the president's health care law," he said. "The Democrats are unnerved. They have pushed the panic button. The president says it is working; it is broken. And people say, can you fix it? I've looked at this 10 different ways, Chris. This health care law is not fixable."

Barrasso explained that Americans wanted health care reform "so they could get the care they need from a doctor they choose at lower cost. And what we see is -- even those signing up are finding out -- many of them are seeing higher premiums, can't keep their doctor, can't keep their hospital."

He also told Wallace that "10 of the 28 hospitals are excluded from all the exchanges in New Hampshire. In Senator King's own state, the most popular individual market plan prior to this is now not able to be sold anymore because it didn't meet the Obamacare standards. So those are concerns that I hear about every weekend. So what we're seeing now are kind of politicians trying to save their political careers instead of focusing on patient care."

Instead of "fixing" Obamacare as King wants to do, Barrasso wants to repeal the law.

“It's time to eliminate this terrible health care law and replace it with real reform that gives people better access to quality, affordable health care, the care they need from a doctor they choose at lower costs,” he said in February.



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