Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) suggested that it isn’t totally “responsible” for Republicans to let Obamacare fail.
Speaking to a local radio station on Monday, Kingston, who’s running in the Republican primary for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s (R-GA) seat, touted his “Small Business Fairness In ObamaCare Act” which exempts some small businesses from the part of Obamacare that requires employers to offer insurance to their employees.
“And there’s some criticism, ‘Well, are you helping improve this law when you make that change? And should we be doing that?'” Kingston said referring to criticism of the bill. “A lot of conservatives say, ‘Nah, let’s just step back and let this thing fall to pieces on its own. But I don’t think that’s always the responsible thing to do.”
The Hill first highlighted the comments that Kingston made on conservative radio station Z Politics.
Kingston went on to say that he thought “we need to be looking for things that improve healthcare overall for all of us. And if there is something in Obamacare, we need to know about it.”
Kingston’s comments are notable given the arms race in the Republican primary to be seen as the strongest opponent to Obamacare. Recently, primary contender Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) released an ad in which he said that, if elected to the Senate, he would help repeal Obamacare in his first term in office or go home.