Van Hollen on possible ACA repeal: “Improvements, yes. Repealing it, no”
President Donald Trump's first joint-Congress speech has gotten mixed reviews from lawmakers across the country, including ones representing states on Delmarva.
During his speech Tuesday night, the president appealed for unity and strength and urged Americans to support law enforcement and military.
Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland says the speech carried an uplifting tone, admitting he could support some of the issues raised by the commander in chief. Some of the issues pointed out by Senator Van Hollen included modernizing infrastructure and broadband and reducing the cost of child care and prescription drugs.
However, Senator Van Hollen tells 47ABC he's concerned the Trump Administration is focused on "undoing" the Affordable Care Act more than anything else.
During the speech, the President says a healthcare plan must include insuring Americans with pre-existing conditions and give U.S. governors flexibility on Medicaid among other points.
"Action is not a choice, it is a necessity," said President Trump. "So, I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster."
Senator Van Hollen tells 47ABC, he believes the Affordable Care Act is not perfect.
"It needs improvements. I have recommended changes, but destroying it and throwing it out and starting from scratch is not the right way to go," he says. "So improvements, yes. Repealing it, no."
U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia also released a statement in response to the speech.
According to Senator Warner, the speech "raised more questions than it answered" in areas such as the Social Security and Medicare.