NRCC chairman: Starting with ObamaCare repeal was a mistake
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Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) says it was a mistake for the Republican-led Congress to try to repeal ObamaCare ahead of other issues, and he doesn't think healthcare reform will come up again this year. 

"Oh, in hindsight, it's clear," Stivers, the chairman of the Republican National Congressional Committee, told the Washington Examiner on whether it was a misstep for the House to seek healthcare reform as one of their first policy issues. "But it is what it is. You had to do them in some order," he said. 

The House and Senate worked on several versions of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which ultimately fell short when the Senate couldn't get the votes to pass a "skinny" repeal bill before the August recess.


Congress is now shifting its focus toward tax reform with a comprehensive plan expected in coming weeks, which House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) said should be easier to tackle than the healthcare bill.

Stivers said he doubts healthcare would come up for discussion again this year. 

"I think we're moving on to tax reform," he told the Examiner. "It's time to move on to things we can get done and the Senate can get done. The Senate couldn't pass the skinny repeal bill. It is what it is. It's time to move to — we have precious time given to us by our voters. We need to focus on the things we can get done." 

Republicans are seeking to slash corporate taxes to spur continued economic growth. Ryan has targeted tax reform as something that is too complicated and stressful for American citizens. 

Stivers said that healthcare was "always the hardest of all the topics we were dealing with" and that there was "just no consensus" among the divided GOP and opposing Democrats. 

"In the end, the American people, I think, are willing to forgive us for not getting everything done, but they're not willing to accept us getting nothing done," he said.