Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) on Thursday affirmed she would continue to support the Affordable Care Act even though its roll out was less than stellar.
“The Affordable Care Act, as I said, the bill itself has got very good concepts and yes, I would support it again,” Landrieu told New Orleans TV station WAFB. “But, that doesn’t excuse the poor roll out of what should have happened. There should have not been a glitch in the software.”
Landrieu, who represents a red state and is expected to face a tough reelection battle, introduced a bill last month that would allow Americans to keep their current insurance policies even if they don’t meet the health care law’s minimum benefit standards. Though the bill would disrupt a central provision of the Affordable Care Act, Landrieu’s office insisted the senator did not intend to undermine the law.
“There are some of us who are sincere about supporting the concepts of the bill, the promise of this bill, which is extraordinary and historic,” Landrieu said at the time in defense of her position, as quoted by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We recognize there are some pieces of it that need to be fixed or tightened or tweaked to make sure it is going to work in the future as we have said.”
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