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November 19th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Roundtable: What can Obama do to turnaround Obamacare?

The roll out for President Barack Obama's signature law has been rocky, to say the least. The federal health care website was plagued with technical problems, promises that Americans could keep their health plan if they liked it proved untrue, and now success stories are going sour.

"I don't think (Obama) should even try to turn it around," said Bob Kerrey, former Democratic governor of Nebraska. "Just try to implement the legislation and stay open to the possibility that some provisions of that law need to change."

"In this environment, where the Republicans almost unanimously want to repeal – that's their whole mantra, get rid of the whole darned thing – you have to look for opportunities where you say, 'Look, I think this is a reasonable change, let's make this change, and just try to make it better,'" said Kerrey.

Republicans face an obligation to come up with alternatives to Obamacare to show leadership.

"If you're going to be a responsible governing leading party, you have to not only just criticize the other side, but offer your own ideas and solutions. I think you'll see Republicans increasingly doing that," said Tim Pawlenty, former Republican governor of Minnesota.

"Open up the market, make it more competitive. We should look at requiring providers to have easier, better, more consumer-friendly disclosures around what stuff costs," said Pawlenty.

For more political analysis with former Governors Bob Kerrey and Tim Pawlenty, watch the video above.

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