Jenkins’ vows efforts to repeal, change Obamacare will continue
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said Monday in Baldwin City that Obamacare was “actuarially unsound” and vowed Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature legislation would continue.
“We haven’t given up hope the whole thing won’t collapse under its own weight,” she said. “I will tell you the fight remains, if you all think the discussion on health care is over, you are sorely mistaken.”
The 2nd District Republican U.S. House representative addressed a group of residents Monday at a coffee meeting at the The Lodge. Jenkins followed the coffee with a tour of McFarlane Aviation in Vinland.
Jenkins said Obamacare was “unsustainable as written” but that Republicans couldn’t repeal the legislation as long as Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate and Obama was president.
But Jenkins said House Republicans would continue to propose changes in the law. Such an action was taken last week when the House passed a measure Jenkins sponsored that would delay by one year the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The legislation is not expected to go anywhere in the Senate, and the president has already promised a veto should the legislation make it to his desk.
Jenkins and other House Republicans have been criticized for passing 50 bills to amend or repeal Obamacare with the knowledge they wouldn’t get Senate approval, Jenkins said. Those critics ignore the seven changes to the original legislation made because of bills the House passed, she said.
“If we can get seven changes for every 50 we tee up, we’re going to tee up 50 more next week,” she said. “That’s moving the ball in the right direction.”
In response to a question from the audience, Jenkins said there was little chance Congress would act to raise the minimum wage. Such legislation has failed to make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate, and House Republicans don’t support the move, she said.
Jenkins said a better way to get more money in the pockets of low-wage workers would be to repeal the rule in Obamacare that requires employers to provide health care to all those working 30 hours or more.
“You get more money in people’s pockets just by letting them work full-time than bumping the minimum wage to $10.10,” she said.
An immigration reform bill did have bipartisan support in the Senate before coming to the House, Jenkins said. It was not before her for consideration, however, because it has revenue raising measures that can only originate in the House, she maintained.
But the larger problem, she said, was that Republican House members don’t trust the administration to secure the border. House Republicans do support immigration reform that includes visa changes and secures the border, she said. That, too, would have to wait until there is another president in the White House.
Speaking on international matters, Jenkins characterized the situation in the Ukraine as “scary,” There is no support for military action so the United States needs to identify responses, such as visa limitation and sanctions that would harm Russia but not the American economy, she said.