Tom Cotton Trashes GOP's 'Three-Step' Strategy For Repealing Obamacare
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 1:00
Tom Cotton has poured oil on the fire with his revelation that any talk of a three-phased plan is nothing more than another fantasy in the minds of GOP leaders.
Cotton broke the steps down in conversation with Hewitt. But step three, some mythical legislation in the future that is going to garner Democratic support and help us get over 60 votes in the Senate. There won't be eight Democrat Senators willing to vote for it. "That's what we're working on right now", Cotton explained.
The chair of the Senate Education Committee says he expects a revised version of the charter schools bill to be presented next week so that lawmakers have time to pass the legislation before time runs out on the General Assembly.
When pressed by Stephanopolous to clarify if he was suggesting that House Republicans who vote for the bill "are going to pay the price without getting any benefit", Cotton noted that Republicans have other agenda goals in addition to health care reform. Cotton said that while "the CBO director is not Moses" and "he's not walking down from the mountaintop with stone tablets", there was good reason to take the report seriously.
"This is a critically important piece of legislation that will protect and comfort families who seek privacy when they lose a loved one", said Rep. Tipton. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), whose state expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, said he wants "to see costs and premiums go down to make health care more affordable for Montana families." Sen.
During his interview on Tuesday, Cotton called the CBO estimate "directionally correct" and said he was anxious whether insurance premiums, which the agency said would rise in the short term, would come back down as estimated. "And I believe it would have adverse consequences for millions of Americans", he said.