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Sen. Saxby Chambliss: Americans just aren't keen on Obamacare

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Thursday that Americans, especially young people, are “not excited” about the Affordable Care Act because they’re shelling out more money than they thought they would.

“To them, that is not affordable. … This is money that some folks just don’t have,” the Georgia Republican told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mr. Chambliss said his party members likes some of the goals of Obamacare — covering people with preexisting conditions, for one — but they don’t like the way the Obama administration went about it.

Republicans have pushed alternative reforms, such as allowing insurers to sell coverage across state lines in a bid to drive up competition and control costs.

“The government, people are finding out, is not the best resource,” Mr. Chambliss said.

The senator said too many people will remain uninsured under the president’s overhaul, anyway, although one MSNBC host said that is due in part to Republican governors who refused to expand their Medicaid programs.

Mr. Chambliss said the expansion is a risky deal, because states will be on the hook for 10 percent of the cost of the expanded population when the federal government scales back its contribution between 2016 and 2020.

“We don’t have that money now,” Mr. Chambliss said.

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