Loebsack says rank & file Republicans in Congress on board with health care compromise

Iowa Democrat worried outspoken leadership could tank deal

It's been a weird week for health care.

The president announced he would stop paying the subsidies to insurance companies that provided the backstop for the Affordable Care Act, then a deal between Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray would keep the subdsidies for two years.

That's already a tough sell for Republicans. Who knows after that.

This puts a lot of pressure on Congress to come up with a lasting solution.

Dave Loebsack joined 4 The Record to answer where this is going in the long-term.

"This is exactly what Iowans are telling me they want," Loebsack said. "They want the parties to work together, to come to some kind of resolution. The majority of folks I talk to do not want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. They want to fix the Affordable Care Act. They want to solve the problems with the Affordable Care Act... I talk to my Republican colleagues all the time about how to fix the Affordable Care Act. At the moment, it's the leadership that is really standing in the way."

Republicans seem to be on the way to a budget outline that could clear a path to those promised tax cuts.

Loebsack said it looks like they're going to get the budget past, but "the divisions within their own party" might pose a challenge to the tax bill.

President Trump decided not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal, instead putting the onus on Congress to impose new sanctions. American allies and Iran call it unacceptable.

Loebsack talked about what he saw as the possible repercussions.

Watch the entire interview in the video above.

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