Friday on "Pure Opelka," Mike Opelka talked about the Republican Party's health care bill, the American Health Care Act, which is intended to replace Obamacare. Mike called the GOP's efforts "music to (his) ears" but wondered if congressional Republicans will be able to get the bill passed.
Mike expressed his hope that the GOP would keep Obamacare's provisions protecting patients from pre-existing condition discrimination in place and deliver on President Donald Trump's many health care promises while mustering enough support to overcome a Democratic filibuster.
"I have a feeling that the Democrats are so connected on this, the Democrats are so tight on all of this, that unless you give them everything, you are going to get nothing out of them," Mike says.
While worrying that the tension within the GOP over Trump's nomination, electoral victory, and policy positions may undermine the health care reform effort, he remains hopeful that the GOP would overcome these obstacles and eventually get a reform bill passed.
"I'm hopeful right now, after keeping an eye on everything that Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, (and) Debby what's-her-name Schultz are saying. I just think you gotta be ready for them."