Cotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare

Cotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOn The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Ark.) on Sunday raised concerns about the speed with which the House attempted to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"I believe that both conservatives and moderates in the House made a lot of concessions already," Cotton said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

"I think the House moved a bit too fast, 18 days is simply not enough time for such a major landmark legislation."

Cotton said he doesn't think it was feasible to release a bill "written in secret" and expect to pass it in 18 days.

The comments come after Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King MORE (R-Wis.) on Friday pulled the GOP ObamaCare replacement bill amid dwindling support from Republicans.


The move marked the first legislative defeat for President Trump, who blamed Democrats for not supporting the bill and signaled he would move on to other legislative priorities.

Cotton said on Sunday the bill's failure can't be attributed to one group of people.

"Ultimately I don't think you can lay the defeat of this bill last week on any single faction in the House of Representatives," he said.

"Some conservatives opposed it, some moderates opposed it."

Cotton also said when the Democrats were looking to pass healthcare reform, they went through public hearings and testimony and former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAmericans need an economy that supports more than the 1 percent Pompeo’s retreat into chaos Barack Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday: 'You’re one of a kind' MORE traveled around the country and held town halls.

"I'm not saying that we needed 14 months to do this," he said, "but I think that a more careful and deliberate approach which we now have time to do, because we're going to have to revisit healthcare anyway, would have gotten us further down the path toward a solution."