Donnelly calls for bipartisanship, ‘common sense’ in healthcare overhaul push

Donnelly: 'I have some significant concerns' with GOP plan

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana spoke with NewsChannel 15 on Thursday about the push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Determined House Republicans won early victories Thursday on divisive legislation to undo former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The House Energy and Commerce Committee cleared the GOP bill on a party-line vote of 31-23 Thursday — after more than 27 hours of debate. The Ways and Means Committee approved the legislation earlier in the day.

With backing from President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to push the bill through the House in weeks.

In a mid-Thursday interview with WANE-TV, Donnelly, a Democrat, called for a pumping of the brakes, and said a bipartisan effort to install some common-sense measures in the healthcare law would be more beneficial to Hoosiers. Here is that interview:

What are your thoughts on the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would fundamentally restructure Medicaid?

How will Hoosiers be impacted by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act?

How can we create a more successful healthcare law?

What’s the next step for the push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.