Rep. Rick Crawford: ‘I Don’t Want To Discuss This On A Partisan Basis By Saying All Of Obamacare Is Bad’

Blue Arkansas catches Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) — who had previously bragged about his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act — noting that parts of the measure should remain in law:

First Congressional District Congressman Rick Crawford said the fervor among congressional Republicans to overturn the national health-care bill passed in March 2010 has waned, and there are parts of the plan that should remain law.

Crawford, R-Ark., of Jonesboro toured Lawrence County Memorial Hospital on Thursday morning and then met with physicians, board members and other hospital officials afterward.

“I don’t want to discuss this on a partisan basis by saying all of Obamacare is bad,” Crawford said. He gave few details about what parts of the law he supports or which ones need to be overturned.

Republicans have tried to argue that they support parts of the Affordable Care Act, even as they seek to repeal all of it. During one recent event in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said, “I’m happy to concede out of 2,800 pages, at least 200 are good. But the bill overall is a disaster and we’re better off to take the 200 pages and pass them later, separately, having gotten rid of Obamacare.”