GOP Moderate MacArthur: Millions Will Be Hurt If Health Care System Collapses
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) said today that he's seen the problems with the U.S. health care system through tragedies in his own life.
MacArthur leads the Tuesday Group, a collection of moderate House Republicans working with the conservative Freedom Caucus on a bill to replace ObamaCare.
The two sides said they reached a breakthrough this week that will lead to a vote in the House.
MacArthur told Bill Hemmer that when his daughter, Gracie, passed away at age 11, the family was left with more than $1 million in medical bills.
Though they had insurance, there were "many things" that weren't covered, he said.
As a child, he said he watched his father struggle to pay off medical bills for years following the death of his mother, who passed away when he was four years old.
"We've got to make this about people, not about politics. This is real people's lives that are in the balance," he said, urging the need for all Republicans to come together and compromise.
MacArthur said the health care system is "on the brink of collapse" and millions will be hurt if that happens. He said coverage for pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits must be included.
Watch the interview above.
Earlier in the show, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) talked to Shannon Bream, saying he's optimistic a bill will be passed in the House.
Jordan said the Freedom Caucus, by opposing the original bill which never made it to a vote, made sure ObamaCare taxes will be removed in the new version.
Watch that interview below: