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Theismann to GOP on Replacing Obamacare: Make Something Affordable, Something We Can Understand

By Michael Morris | January 4, 2017 | 11:57am EST
Former Washington Redskins' quarterback and Notre Dame football great Joe Theismann expresses his thoughts on Fox News's Outnumbered regarding what Republican legislators should do in repealing and replacing Obamacare. (Screenshot)

Speaking on Fox News’s Outnumbered, small business owner and former Washington Redskins quarterback and Notre Dame football great Joe Theismann suggested to Republican legislators that Obamacare should be replaced with “something affordable,” “something we can understand.”

“Make something affordable,” Joe Theismann suggested. “Make something that we can understand. We still haven’t seen the final repercussions. We see a lot of insurance companies pulling out. Give people an option, an opportunity to be able to keep their doctors, to be able to get health care, to be able to take care of their families, to be able to get the young involved.”

Below is a transcript of Joe Theismann’s comments from Fox’s Outnumbered:

Sandra Smith: “But going back to Obamacare, you just said something that was really key. When you hear Democratic leadership like Nancy Pelosi saying things like, ‘Repeal and delay.’ It doesn’t even have alliteration. I mean, she’s basically taunting Republicans as we await President-elect Trump to enter office.

“You’re a small business guy. You have been for many years. You’ve owned many restaurants. You’ve been in the thick of it. This has caused a lot of uncertainty for millions of Americans and many small businesses across this country. What do they need to hear – Republicans, as they get together – what do they need to hear from people like you?”

Joe Theismann: “They need to come up with a plan. Certainly, we understand that people need to be insured. That’s a given.

“What we need to be able to see in the world of business is an affordable program that we can implement, that involves our people that work for us, our associates – I don’t like to call them employees – our associates and our partners in the business.

“Make something affordable. Making something that we can understand. We still haven’t seen the final repercussions. We see a lot of insurance companies pulling out. Give people an option, an opportunity to be able to keep their doctors, to be able to get health care, to be able to take care of their families, to be able to get the young involved.

“That’s one of the biggest things. Young people out there are saying, ‘Hey, look. I’m going to be around a while. I’m not going to finance something for the older people on the program. I’m not going to do it.

“Plus, they had a fine system set up in such a way that if you didn’t take Obamacare it would cost you more money to take the program than it would to be fined. Well, that doesn’t make any sense. There’s no incentive out there to be able to get involved in the program.”

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