WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans ready themselves for a largely symbolic effort to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law, at least one former GOP leader is urging them to drop the charade and build on the legislation instead.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who caused a stir during the construction of health care reform when he said he’d vote for the bill, said it was important to consider the bill the “law of the land” and move on from there.
“It is not the bill that [Republicans] would have written,” said the Tennessee Republican, “It is not the bill that I would have drafted. But it is the law of the land and it is the platform, the fundamental platform, upon which all future efforts to make that system better, for that patient, for that family, will be based. And that is a fact. I know the discussion of Washington is repeal and I’m sure we will come back to that discussion…”