Braun Not For Repealing ObamaCare Without Replacement, Also Comments on Muller Report

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WASHINGTON--The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to strike down Obamacare in its entirety. That would include an expansion of Medicaid and protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Speaking about this topic on MSNBC Wednesday, Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun reverted back to something he said when he was campaigning to be a senator.

"I was clear during the campaign. It was the #1 issue in Indiana. You've got to cover pre-existing conditions and no cap on coverage," Braun said.

Braun has been critical of Obamacare in the past, but he is not on board with what President Trump wants to do with it.

"I think it's mostly a question of repeal and replace. I would have never talked about repealing until I had a strong replacement for it. If it's just for a flat repeal with no solutions, there will be some space between me and the Trump administration," Braun said.

He says it's time for both sides of the aisle to come together for the good of all Americans when it comes to healthcare.

"No one should go broke because they get critically ill or have a bad accident. We, as conservatives, need to take on the healthcare industry and challenge them to fix the system," Braun said.

In a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the Trump administration said that a ruling by a Texas judge striking down Obamacare should be upheld. This is a reversal by the Justice Department, which had previously said that some parts of the law should remain in place.

On the Mueller Report

Braun said he would like to see as much transparency on it as possible.

"Even the President said to publish the whole report. Now, whether he was doing that because he knew it may not happen, remains to be seen. There are guidelines that Attorney General Barr has to adhere to when it comes to classified information in an ongoing investigation," Braun said.

He says whether it comes to an issue like that or healthcare, full transparency is the best way to go.