The former president of the medical school at Johns Hopkins University says he’s “a bit sad” that House Republicans have “completely failed” to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m not sure if I’ll be in Congress again in the near future,” Dr. Bruce J. Bock told The American Conservatives.
“It’s not something I would want to do in my lifetime, and it would be very difficult.
I think it’s a pretty bad idea.”
Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) is leading the charge to repeal the ACA.
He has proposed allowing states to opt out of the federal government’s Medicaid expansion.
Schweikart, a former surgeon general at Johns, told The Washington Post last month that states could opt out from paying the ACA’s cost sharing subsidies if they chose.
“States have the right to opt-out, and states have the ability to opt in,” Schweikarts office said in a statement.
“This option, while not a universal option, allows states to ensure that they will be able to implement cost-sharing subsidies to help low-income people afford the ACA coverage that is guaranteed under the law.”
However, states cannot simply leave this option alone and allow it to lapse.
“Schweikards office did not respond to requests for comment on the congressman’s plans for a repeal of the ACA on Monday.