From: breitbart.com, by Pam Key, on Mar 26, 2017
On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” while discussing the failure of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said, “To release a bill that was written in secret and then expect to pass it in 18 days, I just don’t think was feasible.”
Partial transcript as follows:
COTTON: I would say the president is right Democrats gave us Obamacare. The failure of the bill this week doesn’t solve the problems of Obamacare, it is continuing to get worse and our healthcare system is groaning under the weight of Obamacare. So we have to revisit it and now have the time to do it in a more deliberate and careful fashion. But ultimately I don’t think you can lay the defeat of this bill last week on any single faction in the House of Representatives. Some conservatives opposed it. Some moderates opposed it, even a chairman men of powerful committees opposed it. The problem is the bill and process. Healthcare is a very complicated issue to release a bill written in secret and expect to pass it in 18 days. I just don’t think was feasible.
DICKERSON: So you said written in secret, so that is on Paul Ryan then, he controls that process. So are you saying basically that the House leaders, the House speaker did it — the process was poorly handled?
COTTON: I think you can’t expect to try to solve a problem that addresses one-sixth of the country’s economy and touches every American in a very personal and intimate way and 18 days, when the Democrats came to power in 2009 for 60 years at least they had been pursuing a national healthcare system, yet they didn’t introduce legislation for eight months and didn’t pass it for over a year of Barack Obama’s first term, so it went through very public hearings and took testimony, developed fact-based foundation of knowledge, President Obama traveled around the country around town hauls and spoke to a joint session of Congress. I am not saying we needed 14 months to do this, but I think a more careful and deliberate approach which we now have time to do because we have to the revisit healthcare anyway would get us further down the path to a solution. I believe both moderates and conservatives made a lot of concessions already. I have friends like Jim Jordan in the freedom caucus and Charle Dent, they are good men and want to work together and find a solution that both they and everyone in between can agree to with time I think we can do that.
DICKERSON: So your judgment, so nobody mistakes your message is the house rushed it?
COTTON: I think the house moved a bit too fast, 18 days is simply not enough time for such major landmark legislation.
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An astute observation by Tom Cotton.
Nevermind the sheer lunacy of the Republicans campaigning for years on repealing Obamacare and then not having a replacement ready to go immediately when the opportunity presents itself, that goes without saying. But if Cotton’s timeframe is accurate, to expect to cobble together a reasonable, workable, economically feasible replacement and pass it in 18 days is a double-down on the lack of a replacement lunacy by the Republican operatives that participated in the fiasco.
I wonder how many of us taxpayers understood what impact this new Ryancare bill would have on healthcare in the country, I know that I didn’t. Finding a before/after comparison of Ryan’s replacement to Obamacare wasn’t easy to find – I looked. You could find bits and pieces of features in various articles, but I never found a clear, concise comparison that would have afforded me a way to judge the efficacy of this “new and improved” Ryan version.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the recurring memory of Nancy Pelosi saying that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” came flooding back because Ryan used exactly the same tactics this time and kept the contents of the package secret. If that was a bad tactic then, why wouldn’t it be now?
Personally, I’m pissed that after giving our Republican friends the House, the Senate, and now the presidency, this fiasco is the best that they can do? I want to see a repeal of Obamacare, it’s obvious that it was a garbage piece of legislation from the start. It only passed because we, the taxpayers, were lied to by our president and then passed by democrats alone, without any participation by Republicans and over the succeeding years, we’ve seen the havoc that it’s wreaked on those that depend on it. Obamacare is out-of-control and in a downward death spiral and will soon force something to be done. Why weren’t our representatives prepared to act when we had the political power to pass a replacement?
It seems to me that this fool-hearted attempt to pass some apparently not-ready-for-prime-time legislation is on Ryan. How massive must his ego be to think that an acceptable (secret) replacement could be passed in 18 days? President Trump depended on the Ryancare vehicle to make a repeal of Obamacare possible and he was fooled. We were fooled.
Obamacare must be repealed. If it hasn’t been replaced by something better by the 2018 elections, I wouldn’t be counting on adding more Republicans to Congress, in fact, we could lose some.