In a bizarre interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) admitted that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) might be forced to “take a knee” when it comes to Trumpcare.
Frequent guest Mike Barnicle asked the question of the Louisiana senator only to have the Republican contradict himself within the same sentence.
“Mitch is not the kind of guy to take a knee,” Cassidy said. “Now, granted, it might occur, but I would like to think, Mike, that there would still be that path forward, if not this bill than in others. And I don’t think any of us are ready to take a knee.”
Cassidy claimed over the weekend that the Trumpcare bill was “dead” and that a blanket repeal without replacement was a “nonstarter.”
Political analyst Mark Halperin asked what would be the worst thing to happen for Americans under the proposed bill. Shockingly, Cassidy admitted he doesn’t know because he hasn’t seen the proposed bill.
“That’s a little bit hard to say,” Cassidy admitted before walking through what he would “like” to see in a bill that doesn’t exist.
Scarborough stepped in and hammered Cassidy on the concern that the poor would be worst off after effectively gutting $750 billion from Medicaid and another $300 or $400 billion cut from the federal budget.
“Seems like, you know, you’re a doctor, you trip over $1 trillion from Medicaid funding … it’s going to be people who are disproportionately poor and lower income who are going to impacted by those cuts, right?” Scarborough asked.
Cassidy argued that a private option would be just as effected for “these people” as Medicaid.
When pressed on it by Scarborough, Cassidy replied only, “yes, possibly.” However, Cassidy isn’t concerned about it because the cuts wouldn’t go into effect, he claimed, until 2025.
Cassidy also revealed that he hasn’t had any questions about Russia at his town hall meetings. That could be perhaps because protests broke out over the GOP’s healthcare law at his town halls last week. He cited a town hall in which he claimed constituents were only focused on flooding, but the town hall prevented anyone from asking questions about anything else. At one point a man shouted out about healthcare, but Cassidy ignored him. In February, Cassidy was criticized by those who attended one town hall because they claimed he was trying to “stall” with a prayer so he could only fit in a few questions.