Tiberi defends health care bill he helped write

Congressman Pat Tiberi discussed the American Health Care Act on Wednesday. (WSYX/WTTE)

Representative Pat Tiberi defended the Trumpcare bill he helped write after fellow Republicans came out against it and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office report said it would kick 14 million people off their health insurance.

"We know (Obamacare) is broken," said Tiberi, R - Columbus. "We're trying to figure out how to fix it."

Tiberi said he's heard from many constituents who have seen rising deductibles and premiums.

"I followed the process you're supposed to follow and did a lot of homework and research to get the best value I could for my family," said Lisa Riegle, one of his constituents who enrolled in the Obamacare exchange.

Riegle's daughter started having medial issues in January. Right as she was getting her help, she found out her insurance company told her her daughter's doctors weren't covered.

"It just doesn't seem like it should be that complicated," she said. "At the end of the day it comes down to money."

Tiberi's office will soon be looking into her case.

Tiberi said he wasn't phased by the CBO report saying millions of Americans would lose their health insurance.

"Most of them will choose not to have insurance including people who have insurance," he said. "It's a bizarre report."

He said conservatives opposing his plan want a replacement which wouldn't work in the Senate.

"It's not perfect," Tiberi said. "We can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

Riegle said she's not holding her breath her insurance will get much better under Trumpcare.

"Call it Trumpcare, call it Obamacare, hate Trump, hate Obama, it doesn't matter," Riegle said. "The point is, people dig their feet in the sand like children and say I'm not helping you because you're not in my party so no unfortunately I'm not optimistic."

Republicans have a small majority in the Senate. They can only afford to lose three votes and still pass their replacement plan. More than three Republican senators have publicly come out against the Trumpcare bill.

Tiberi said it could be put up for a vote in the House next week.

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