Local leaders react to health care failure

Local leaders react to Senate's failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The fallout over health care continues. 

"I would say I'm disappointed in what took place," said President Trump after the Senate failed to get enough support for the Republican health care plan.

"For seven years I've been hearing repeal and replace from Congress. I've been hearing it loud and strong and when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don't take advantage of it," says Trump.

But as you can imagine, Democratic leaders in Michigan feel much differently.

"I think it's good news that it became clear to Congress that they did not have the support to dismantle the health care that is in place," says Democratic State Representative Winnie Brinks.

"My team organized a rally opposing the Republican repeal and replace strategy last week. I wish I could take personal credit for it," says Democratic State Representative David LaGrand.

Now the administration will take a different approach.

"Let Obamacare fail. It'll be a lot easier," says Trump.

"That's really unfortunate. I would hope the leader of our country would be a champion for success," says Brinks.

"Having somebody running the country who is happy to let major systems fail is really not good, we want someone who wants all of us to succeed, not someone who wants to prove they were right by creating chaos," says LaGrand.

Part of Brinks' concern comes from her conversations with people in West Michigan.

"They're very concerned that they're going to lose health care particularly those who benefit from the expansion of Medicaid," says Brinks. "That's like 640,000 people right here in Michigan, over 50,000 right here in Kent County, so they're very concerned."

Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga is also speaking out on the issue.

"The House passed legislation to rescue Michigan families from Obamacare's soaring premiums. It's unfortunate that Michigan's senators are unable to find a way to work with Republicans to provide the relief so many Michiganders have been asking for," he said.

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