A “really annoyed” Sean Hannity expressed his frustration with the GOP health care bill rollout on his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, saying he had hoped the GOP would have had a consensus bill after eight years and lamenting that “[w]e don’t want it rammed through.”
“I’ll say this respectfully, but I’m really annoyed about it,” said Sean Hannity about the rollout of the GOP's health care bill. “Respectfully, the fact that eight years later, that this has been their rallying cry to win the 2010 – win control of the House in 2010 – and then moving further and getting control of the Senate in 2014. And getting the presidency in 2016. And that there’s not a consensus bill.”
“There’s all these discussions about the president having to strong-arm people and use the power of the presidency and the pulpit to get this thing rammed through,” Hannity said later in his program. “We don’t want it rammed through.”
Hannity made these remarks following the unveiling of the House Republicans’ new health care bill, the "American Health Care Act."
See below for a transcript of Hannity’s comments:
“I want to start with this health care debate and the frustration that I feel, and that I have, and why I believe this rollout was not handled properly.
“And look, at the end of the day, do I think it’s all going to probably work out? Are we going to get a repeal and replace? Are we going to get a better health care system? Are we going to undo the mess of Obamacare? None of the promises kept: keep your doctor; keep your plans; save $2,500 a year.
“Yeah, I do believe that we’re going to get there. But in the lead up to all of this – this is one of the most important pieces of legislation.
“And here’s what I don’t understand – and I’ll say this respectfully, but I’m really annoyed about it. Respectfully, the fact that eight years later, that this has been their rallying cry to win the 2010 – win control of the House in 2010 – and then moving further and getting control of the Senate in 2014. And getting the presidency in 2016. And that there’s not a consensus bill. And that—
“I guess in my world, the world that I live in and the way I run my life, knowing – and we had put all these people on beforehand that never saw the bill but were hearing about the bill, and their concerns about the bill. In other words, does it really fully repeal Obamacare? Well, that’s one of the arguments that was used all day yesterday. Or that it has a new entitlement, which is subsidies or – it’s not block granted but, but – tax credits that are given to people so they can afford to buy their own health insurance.
“Now, health care savings accounts are included, money’s not going to Planned Parenthood. This— all the things that I said yesterday, that are good about the bill, that everybody agrees on.
“But here’s my problem: Now here, just imagine, in my own twisted mind, I actually think that Washington can work this way. Maybe all of the people in the Freedom Caucus, the study group, the people now that are angry, these conservative groups like Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works and Heritage Foundation and the Heritage Action group, and then you have Senator Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and then you have Congressman Louie Gohmert and Congressman Mark Meadows and Dave Brat and Jim Jordan and so many others – they were all saying what they were going to disagree with before the bill ever got released.
“And I remember, and I won’t tell everybody who I talked to, but I told a lot of people, I said, ‘You need to get everybody in a room.’
“And wouldn’t it have been better – instead of having a public fight among Republicans over the repealing and replacing of this bill – if they had gotten together, worked out their differences and maybe the way it was rolled out would be a big monumental ceremony with every Republican in the House and every Republican in the Senate. The president gives a speech. He outlines what’s in the consensus bill of Republicans, how they are going to do it and how it’s going to benefit you, the American people.
“Instead, it, the bill was marked up. Nobody knew what was in it, and when they found out what was in it, it was the very things they were suspicious were going to be in it.
“And now you’ve got the Freedom Caucus against it. And they went out, and they had a press conference yesterday. And Rand Paul was with them yesterday. Ted Cruz is against the bill. All those groups that I just mentioned, their now having to be talked into the bill.
“There’s all these discussions about the president having to strong-arm people and use the power of the presidency and the pulpit to get this thing rammed through. We don’t want it rammed through.
“You know, I just would have hoped that after eight years of Republicans running on this that they’d have their darn act together, and they’d get a bill that they all agreed on that would fix the problem using all the principles of conservatism.”