Morning Joe, 9/23/13, 7:21 AM ET

GOP Senator: The Affordable Care Act cannot be fixed

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., co-sponsored two bills aimed at delaying portions of the president's health care law. Toomey joins Morning Joe to discuss along with NBC News' Chuck Todd.

Repeal, delay is best path for GOP on Obamacare, says Toomey

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Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania doesn’t want to shut down the government over Obamacare, but he does want to get rid of the landmark health care law.

“I think our strategy should be systematically repeal the things we can, delay the things we can’t,” he said.

Toomey called for Republicans to adopt a repeal-and-delay tactic against the bill. Earlier this month, Toomey co-sponsored two bills to delay elements of Obamacare.

First up? The Senate should work to repeal the unpopular medical device tax, Toomey said on Monday’s Morning Joe, which his office says would cost the Pennsylvania economy $100 million.

He danced around questions over where he stands on the recently passed House budget.

“The budget is a document that lays out a sense of principals. You have to work from there,” Toomey said. “Whatever might be in the House Republican budget, doesn’t make the case that Obamacare somehow works.”

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, noted on ABC on Sunday that the House budget assumes Obamacare savings and revenue while stripping out funding for the law at the same time.

Republicans “have to explain to the American people how they voted for a budget that includes all of the Medicare savings from Obamacare, that includes the same level of revenue generated from Obamacare and, in fact, would not even balance in 10 years, if not for the Affordable Care Act,” the Maryland Democrat said. “That’s misleading and that’s a hoax.”

Repeal, delay is best path for GOP on Obamacare, says Toomey

Updated