Rep. McDermott: Ending Obamacare's Individual Mandate 'Not American'

By Eric Scheiner | November 30, 2016 | 12:27pm EST
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) says removing the federal government's individual mandate to purchase health insurance is “not American.”

McDermott told C-Span’s Washington Journal Tuesday, that Republican efforts to remove the government mandate to purchase health insurance from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will not work.

“They want to take out the individual mandate somehow – that we think we should have people just riding on the backs of other people in this country. I don’t think that’s – that’s not American,” McDermott said.

“You ought to do your part, I ought to do my part. We buy it if we can. We assist if we can’t make it ourselves. But the idea that you are not going to have responsibility for everybody to have it – it just won’t work.”

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