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Sen. Scott: 'We are not going back to caps' in health care discussion

Sen. Tim Scott speaking at the Legislative Luncheon in Summerville Tuesday (Brian Heins / WCIV)

Senator Tim Scott had a firm message for those in attendance at a legislative luncheon in Summerville Tuesday -- "the system is broken."

The U.S. senator was one of at least five lawmakers in attendance with updates on political issues and government progress on local and national levels.

Sen. Scott's concern of a broken system referenced health care and work to provide a solution which would be beneficial to all parties. Scott said disagreements on the American Care Act are only contributing to "pain and suffering."

"We can't afford to keep operating the way we have," Sen. Scott said. "The two sides are not close. No matter what side you are on, you are acknowledging there is a major problem with the American Care Act."

The Republican senator did support the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, which failed to make it to the Senate for a vote.

On Tuesday he said about 1.5 million people have serious conditions driving prices through the roof. He hopes there can eventually be a more affordable option but argued placing a cap on health care of those who may need it most is not acceptable.

"We are not going back to caps," he said.

As health care continues to be an issue with no clear resolution in sight, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to share his displeasure with Congress for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The president said he will use the "power of the pen" to give new health care to Americans.

Also speaking at the luncheon at Summerville Presbyterian Church were S.C. Senator Sean Bennett, S.C. Representative Katie Arrington, S.C. Representative Joe Daning and S.C. Representative Chris Murphy.

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