WH on Sen. Cotton’s Opposition to Health Care Bill: ‘We’re Gonna Engage’

By Melanie Arter | March 9, 2017 | 9:46pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Thursday said that the president will continue to talk to those in Congress who have questions or concerns about the American Health Care Act - the GOP House version of the bill to replace and repeal Obamacare.

When asked to comment on Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ariz.) suggestion that Republicans go back to the drawing board and whether the president plans to speak with Cotton, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “We’re gonna engage.”

Cotton tweeted Thursday, “House health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in the House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast.”

Spicer said President Donald Trump “has talked to Senator Cotton and will continue to talk to any senator that has questions or concerns or ideas. It went through the Ways and Means Committee last night. I think they started something like 10:15 yesterday morning,” said Spicer.

Spicer said Trump is meeting with congressional leaders and talking to people on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers.

“As I mentioned yesterday, I think you’re going to see a very aggressive, very robust push. We continue to have the team out talking to local media, local radio, op-ed placed, talking to local leaders,” Spicer said.

“We believe that the more we talk about the comprehensive three prong approach that we have to doing a lot of the things that conservatives have talked about - to bring back cost containment, to get people to be more patient-centered in the health care decisions they make, allow more choices,” he said.

“It’s going to bring people on board, but the thing that’s really interesting … about the current approach is that no matter where you are especially on the conservative side, you cannot possibly believe that the current health care system is an effective program,” Spicer said, calling Obamacare “a monstrosity” and “government gone wrong.”

Spicer said Trump will engage with Cotton and others in the House and Senate “that have ideas, but it’s gonna continue to work its way through the process.”

“As I mentioned, it went through the House Ways and Means Committee. It’s currently going through the House Energy and Commerce Committee. When the House passes it, and it goes over to the Senate, I’m sure Senator Cotton and others are going to have an opportunity to have their say. That’s part of the process,” said Spicer.

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