GOP Rep. Jack Kingston: We shouldn’t just let Obamacare fail

November 26, 2013

A leading hopeful in the GOP primary for the open Georgia Senate seat suggested Monday that it's not "the responsible thing to do" for Republicans to let the federal health-care law fail without trying to fix it.

Noting his own legislative fix for small businesses, Kingston defended the idea that he would do something to improve the law rather than let it die.

"A lot of conservatives say, 'Nah, just step back and let this thing fall to pieces on its own.' Well, I don’t think that’s always the responsible thing to do," Kingston told Z Politics. "I think we need to be looking for things to improve health care overall for all of us. And if there is something in Obamacare, we need to know about it."

Kingston's comments were first reported by The Hill.

The Georgia GOP Senate primary, which features a wide range of candidates, is likely to be a race to the right for most candidates. But Kingston's comments suggest he might be seeking out more pragmatic voters.

Among the candidates running are Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, former secretary of state Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue.

Broun, notably, was one of four GOP members of Congress to vote against a recent bill allowing people to keep health insurance plans that were canceled because they didn't meet Obamacare's standards. Broun said he did so because the law is beyond fixing.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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