‘At this point, we’re a little incompetent’: GOP leaders admit defeat as TrumpCare falters once again
With the Senate’s Obamacare repeal and replace bill all but dead, a stark reality has begun presenting itself to Republicans: without healthcare reform, they may be dead in the water.
According to BuzzFeed News, House Republicans are now publicly expressing their frustration with the party, as well as their worries about their future.
“At this point, we’re a little incompetent,” Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told BuzzFeed of the party’s failure to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act despite controlling Congress and the White House.
Others, like Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), were more unequivocal in their condemnation of the Senate’s healthcare gaffe.
“The Senate has failed the American people and abandoned voters who were promised that they would repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare. The House did its job. We honored our pledge and passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in early May. There is no need to sugar coat this: I’m very upset with the Senate,” Ross wrote in a statement on Wednesday.
Many Republicans who spoke on and off record with BuzzFeed worry that the party will “own” their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare — regardless of what President Donald Trump claims.
“If they ultimately end up not getting anything done, then you just put a bunch of vulnerable Republican House members on record for nothing,” a House GOP consultant said on condition of anonymity.