Obamacare? 'Just an Amalgamation of Legislation That Didn't Have a Central Focus'

December 2, 2013 - 7:38 AM

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "I don't know how you fix the many fundamental problems of this program," Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday during a discussion on Obamacare. He called the Affordable Care Act "an amalgamation of legislation that didn't have a central focus."

"I'm a strong supporter of dynamic, marketplace exchanges," Corker said. "I do think we need to equalize the tax code so that if you buy (insurance) individually, you get the same benefits that you do through a company where it's tax-free. So I think there are -- there are things that need to be done and I think there are some elements that could be built upon.

"But generally speaking, the fundamentals of this, to me, were done in a way, a chaotic way much like we're seeing the rollout. It was done in a way that really -- there wasn't a vision at the end, it was just an amalgamation of legislation that didn't have a central focus. And so I don't know how you fix it. I'll be honest. I don't know how you fix a program that was put together in this manner with only one side of the aisle and taking the shortcuts that we're taking to put it in place."

Corker said Obamacare is full of "negative surprises" for most Americans:

"But at the end of the day, while there will be a few winners, most Americans are going to find a less dynamic health system, they're going to find that the cost of the health care that they're able to purchase is going to be a lot higher, and they're also going to realize that their choices are...far less.

And so for our country, you're going to have continued downward pressure on employment, you're going to have upward pressure on deficits. And so I still think the foundations of this plan have some of the same kinds of problems that the rollout has had, but they're fundamental, very hard to overcome and, unfortunately, as people enroll, I think there's going to be a lot of negative surprises as to what they're able to enroll in."