Speaking to Fox's Chris Wallace about his party's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't answer how the GOP would provide health care for the 30 million people who will receive it under the new law. After dancing around the thrice-repeated question with Republican talking points, McConnell finally said, "That is not the issue." Watch:
WALLACE: One of the keys to ObamaCare is that it will extend insurance access to 30 million people who are now uninsured. In your replacement, how would you provide universal coverage?
MCCONNELL: Well first let me say the first single thing we can do for the American system is get rid of ObamaCare. … The single biggest direction we can take in terms of improving health care is to get rid of this monstrosity. [...]
WALLACE: But you’re talking about repealing and replace, how would you provide universal coverage?
MCCONNELL: I’ll get to it in a minute. [...]
WALLACE: I just want to ask, what specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?
MCCONNELL: That is not the issue. The question is, how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system. It is already the finest health care system in the world. … We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system. (h/t: Talking Points Memo)