WH on Senate Healthcare Bill: ‘If Democrats Cared, They Would Be Involved in The Process’

By Annabel Scott | June 22, 2017 | 4:23 PM EDT

White House Deputy Press

Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders.


(CNSNews.com) White House -- During a press briefing on June 22, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that despite Democrats’ criticism of the Senate Healthcare bill draft, the administration is working with both House and Senate members to pass the best bill possible.

“The goal is to look for the best healthcare possible that actually provides care, not just gives insurance but actually provides care,” said Sanders. “That has been a goal of the administration from the front end and were looking for ways to do that.”

“Right now, we know that Obamacare is not sustainable,” said Sanders.  “It is literally collapsing under itself. Providers are pulling out every single day, out of states. We are down to multiple counties that don’t have providers.”

“If Democrats really cared, they would try to be involved in the process,” she said. “They said from day one that they didn’t want to be in the conversation if it had anything to do with repealing and replacing Obamacare. I think that it’s sad that they have chosen to play partisan politics instead of trying to have a seat at the table.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), left, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)


Sanders also told reporters that she does not consider a vote on the bill next week to be premature.

“We have been talking about reforming health care for a number of years, I don’t think it’s moving too fast when it’s been nearly eight years,” she said. “I don’t think we’re as focused on the timeline as we are on the final product.”

“We’re looking for the best bill possible and we’re going to continue being part of technical assistance and providing that with both House and Senate members as we work to get the best bill we can,” she said. 

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