U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Tuesday that Republicans in Congress will need Democratic input to craft a new health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
Perdue, a Republican from Macon, spoke to members of the DeKalb and Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce. His speech highlighted the need to for Congress to address the growing debt and increase security funding.
On health care, he accused his fellow Republicans of acting the same way he said Democrats did to pass the ACA, which is also known as ObamaCare.
"Truth is that no super majority, from the New Deal to Great Society to Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare has produced decent law from this country," Perdue said.
Asked later about the need to compromise with Democrats, Perdue responded, “How'd the other direction work out? Didn't work out very well where we pretty much ignored them."
Perdue's comments on bipartisanship come as House Speaker Paul Ryan continues to meet with Conservative Freedom Caucus members on a new attempt to replace ObamaCare.
Outside the Perdue event, dozens of protesters lined the road, calling on the senator to hold a town hall meeting. They complained the Republican lawmaker has refused to meet with them to hear concerns on issues ranging from refugee policy to health care.
"Last time I was down here just a few weeks ago, we had several town hall meetings right there on the floor of the state capitol," he said. "They were impromptu and we answered their questions, but we didn't agree on much."
Perdue added that he plans on holding teleconferences with constituents soon. He said he and his staff get input from unhappy constituents regularly, and that town halls are just one of many ways to do that.