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Which ObamaCare "Fixes" Does Senator Pryor Support?

June 17, 2014

Americans for Prosperity Asks Pryor to Explain His Latest Ambiguous Statements About ACA

LITTLE ROCK - Americans for Prosperity – Arkansas is asking Senator Pryor to explain his latest statements about supporting fixes for ObamaCare. The The Times Record reported over the weekend that Sen. Mark Pryor told voters he’s working on fixing President Obama’s broken healthcare law. Sen. Pryor also reportedly said that he’d be open to supporting other ideas to repair the law.

Sen. Pryor’s latest comments on fixing Obamacare beg a couple of important questions: First, what “fixes” does he support? Why hasn’t he proposed a fix of his own? And when will he call on the Appropriations Committee to hold a vote?

AFP – AR Deputy State Director Phoebe Pierpoint issued the following statement:

“Once again, Sen. Pryor has claimed to want to fix President Obama’s broken healthcare law. Yet, right before his latest pledge he stood idly by and watched as Democrats shot down a number of Republican measures that would’ve addressed problems with the law. Sen. Pryor loves to talk about fixing the law, but he’s done absolutely nothing to make it work better for Arkansas families.”

Once Again, Sen. Pryor Said He’d Support a “Fix” To Obamacare

“Give Me Something Better, And I’ll Vote For It”: “Pryor said the Affordable Care Act, which he voted for, “is not perfect,” but he has been working to fix problems with it. “When I talk to my Republican friends about it, I say, give me something better, and I’ll vote for it,” he said.” (John Lyon, “Candidates Discuss Social Security, Health Care, Minimum Wage,” The Times Record, 6/14/14)

  • He’s Said The Same Thing Before: “In an interview, Pryor made clear that it makes sense to move a package of fixes to the floor that can attract GOP support. ‘I hate to say it, but it’s a little bit of ‘put your money where your mouth is,’’ Pryor said of Republicans. ‘You’re identifying all these things, let’s go ahead and try to fix them.’” (Manu Raju, “2014 Dems Plot Obamacare Strategy,” Politico, 1/29/14)

But Sen. Pryor Has Done Zero To Fix The Law

Sen. Pryor Didn’t Stop Top Democrats From Canceling Votes On Obamacare Fixes: “The chairwoman of the Senate committee responsible for a bill funding implementation of ‘Obamacare’ has canceled a vote on the measure after Republicans signaled they would force a series of politically painful votes on endangered committee Democrats. Wednesday’s move by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., came after several committee Democrats expressed reservations about voting on amendments related to President Barack Obama’s health care law.” (Andrew Taylor, “Mikulski Postpones Vote On Health Spending Bill,” Associated Press, 6/11/14)

  • Could Sen. Pryor Be Playing Politics?: “Several Appropriations Democrats, including Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska, are at risk of losing re-election bids this fall.” (Andrew Taylor, “Mikulski Postpones Vote On Health Spending Bill,” Associated Press, 6/11/14)

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