WASHINGTON — During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) shared his thoughts about the developing Senate health care bill. Excerpts of Senator Johnson’s appearance are below, and video can be found here.
“What I've told leadership very clearly is I'm going to need time and my constituents are going to need time to evaluate exactly how this is going to affect them. I personally think that holding a vote on this next week would definitely be rushed. I can't imagine, quite honestly, that I'd have the information to evaluate and justify a yes vote within just a week.”
“Within two meetings I saw the wide spectrum of opinions within the Republican conference trying to fix this mess that is Obamacare. My suggestion was let's break this into two parts. Let's pass something to stabilize the insurance markets that are literally collapsing under Obamacare. That was my counsel two months ago. Unfortunately, we didn't do that yet.”
“I want to fully vet it in the public. I want to make sure that my constituents have enough time to provide input.”
“I've told (Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) unless I have the input from my constituents and unless I have the information I need to justify a yes vote, I won’t be voting yes.”