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

Cotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare
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Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' 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 RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates 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 ObamaBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election In a season of bad ideas, one stands out 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."