Top GOP Rep places blame for healthcare bill failure

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Claiming that a total repeal of Obamacare could not happen overnight, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said on Sunday that the stubbornness of the House Freedom Caucus in wanting a total repeal caused the failure of the GOP healthcare bill.

“[The Freedom Caucus] was insisting on virtually a total repeal of Obamacare, which sounds good,” King said to radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York. “[But] you can’t end that overnight.”

Facing dwindling support from his own party and zero support from Democrats, President Trump canceled the healthcare vote on Friday. Representative King himself had suggested prior to Friday that he might not vote for it.

However, King placed blame for the bill’s non-passage on the Freedom Caucus, claiming it attempted to push the bill too far to the right. He also advised Republicans to build bipartisan support in the future when they want to take on such matters.

“We’re going to have to realize whether it’s healthcare, whether it’s tax reform coming up … that we’re going to have to find a way to get legislation through that is not just all Republican,” said King, adding, “Because then, it becomes all or nothing, and it’s going to end up becoming nothing.”

King further called for the need to “reach out to get at least some Democrats involved,” expressing confidence in the president. “I think President Trump can do it.”

Peter King has served in congress for more than 24 years.

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