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Mike Lee: This Is NOT the Bill We've Been Waiting For

Should we just accept the Obamacare replacement put forth by Republicans and live with it? Not if Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) has anything to say about it. Recently asked by a reporter if he was "for the repeal, but not yet replace" he had this to say:

I'm for repeal. Look, we've been waiting for seven years for the opportunity to repeal Obamacare. We waited for the election in 2010, where we got the majority in the House. In 2014, where we got the majority in the Senate. In 2016, where we've now got a Republican in the White House as a result of that election. This is not the repeal bill that we've been waiting for, for all these years. This is a huge opportunity that's been missed. And it's a step in the wrong direction.

What we need to do is repeal the bill and then bring about an iterative, step-by-step process, one in which we can put the American consumer, patients and doctors, back in charge of their own health care decisions, rather than having them made by government bureaucrats in Washington.

"So how do you feel about this, Stu? Because you brought up today that maybe we should consider going for what we have because this is better than Obamacare," Glenn asked Thursday on radio.

Has co-host Stu Burguiere given up the fight?

"If Obamacare is an F, this is a D-plus. So that does not mean it's good. However, there's negotiation here. I do support the idea to try to improve it," Stu said. "You want Obamacare gone. I want those taxes gone. I want a lot of that regulation gone. If you can get most of that gone, maybe you do it."

Enjoy the complimentary clip above or read the transcript below for details.

GLENN: Welcome to the program. So glad that you are tuning in today.

A lot of things going on. Let's play Mike Lee on universal health care.

VOICE: Okay. So just to be clear, are you for repeal, but not yet replace? Where are you on that?

VOICE: I'm for repeal. Look, we've been waiting for seven years for the opportunity to repeal Obamacare. We waited for the election in 2010, where we got the majority in the House. In 2014, where we got the majority in the Senate. In 2016, where we've now got a Republican in the White House as a result of that election. This is not the repeal bill that we've been waiting for, for all these years. This is a huge opportunity that's been missed. And it's a step in the wrong direction.

What we need to do is repeal the bill and then bring about an iterative, step-by-step process, one in which we can put the American consumer, patients and doctors, back in charge of their own health care decisions, rather than having them made by government bureaucrats in Washington.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: So how do you feel about this, Stu? Because you brought up today that maybe we should consider going for what we have because this is better than Obamacare.

STU: Yeah, and I do think, even as it is right now, it's better than Obamacare. If Obamacare is an F, this is a D-plus. So that does not mean it's good. However, there's negotiation here. I do support the idea to try to improve it. You know, without necessarily coming out and saying, hey, there's no way I'll vote for anything even in the realm of this possibility. I'd rather see how good they can get it and then make that decision. You got to push hard right now because they're negotiating the bill. You know, I would hate to have -- I would hate to have this go by, and Obamacare lives. But, I mean, this is obviously not the right bill. So you need dramatic improvement to it. But if you can get dramatic improvement, you know, maybe you do pull the trigger on it, even if it's not perfect. You want Obamacare gone. I want those taxes gone. I want a lot of that regulation gone. If you can get most of that gone, maybe you do it. I don't know.

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