by Jennifer Swift
Jan 3, 2014
07:56 AMConnecticut Politics
Jim Himes: Democrats will be 'willing and happy partners' when GOP acts in good faith on Obamacare
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, has some harsh words for House GOP leader Eric Cantor.
Himes appeared on MSNBC's Jansing and Co. to criticize a bill introduced by Cantor aimed at ensuring personal information stored on Healthcare.gov., the site where people can buy healthcare on federal exchanges, is protected. The bill would notify customers if personal information became compromised -- something the Obama administration hasn't happened at all.
The bill is the latest in a series introduced by Republicans to amend the Affordable Care Act -- a strategy Republicans have switched to after voting 47 times to repeal the act entirely.
Himes, a Greenwich resident seeking a fourth term in November, said Democrats will be ready to work with Republicans on improving Obamacare once the GOP is clearly working in good faith to improve the act rather than undermining it.
Himes told host Alex Witt:
"There's a lot of room for improvement, and transparency is a good thing. But Eric Cantor and his party, who from Moment One have taken this plan, which of course was tested by a Republican governor (Mitt Romney in Massachusetts), that was developed by the Heritage Foundation, a very conservative group, they've labeled this thing an experiment in socialism, outrageously. They don't have right now the credibility to say 'oh, now what we're about is making this thing better.' So when they actually begin to act in good faith, we'll be willing and happy partners."
Former state Sen. Dan Debicalla, who Himes beat in 2010, is the presumptive GOP nominee for the seat again this year.Jim Himes: Democrats will be 'willing and happy partners' when GOP acts in good faith on Obamacare