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Dem Senator Admits Obamacare in “Death Spiral,” But Blames GOP

The Illinois senator claims Democrats are ready to work with Republicans to fix Obamacare, despite having offered no solutions.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) blamed Republicans for insurance companies pulling out of the failing Obamacare exchanges during a Thursday interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I want to read you something because, clearly, Obamacare’s not working for every state in this country,” MSNBC’s Willie Geist told Durbin, before reading an article about how Blue Cross and Blue Shield is pulling out of the Obamacare exchange in Missouri in 2018.

Geist asked Durbin if he thinks Obamacare is working for this country.

“I can tell you it’s working for the overwhelming majority of Americans. Are there parts of it that need to be changed and improved? Of course,” Durbin told Geist.

Durbin continued, “it’s the private insurance market, on the insurance exchanges, where we definitely need to come together and change the approach we have.”

“I hear this phrase, ‘death spiral,’ Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral. It’s in a death spiral because the Republicans have their hands around its throat,” Durbin concluded. “If they would sit down with us and work to improve the system we can cover more Americans, we can enlarge these insurance pools so we can spread the risk and keep premium costs under control.”

While Durbin claims that Democrats are ready to work with Republicans to fix Obamacare, they have yet to recommend any legislative solutions to fix the problems Obamacare is facing.