Lee on healthcare: Lumping too much into one bill dooms its chances

Lee on healthcare: Lumping too much into one bill dooms its chances
© Greg Nash

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Utah) during an interview that aired Sunday warned that putting too much into one piece of legislation makes it more difficult for it to pass.

During an interview on CBS's "Face The Nation," Lee addressed the Senate healthcare bill, saying the government needs to "re-inject free market forces in this environment."

"If we can't get this done ... what we ought to do is ... push full repeal and then embark on an iterative step-by-step process to decide what comes next," he said.

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"If we passed a measure of repealing ObamaCare ... with the understanding that at that point after passing the repeal measure, we would undertake a step-by-step process of designing what comes next, I think it's easier."
He added that "sometimes when you lump too many things into one piece of legislation, you doom its likelihood of success."
 
Lee said he fears that might be the situation senators face today.
 
His comments come after the Senate's Republican leadership last week decided to delay a vote on their healthcare bill after it became clear it lacked the votes for passage.
 
President Trump last week tweeted that if Republicans senators are not able to pass the healthcare bill they are working on now, "they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date."