Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R-SC), slammed the Senate’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal and replacement bill, even the scaled back one that failed in the Senate last night.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has made a name for himself as a man with a low tolerance for political nonsense, and highly developed radar to spot it.
As a federal prosecutor and a relentless questioner in House committee hearings, Gowdy is quick to react when something doesn’t quite pass the smell test.
So, it is no surprise that without using any names, Gowdy has called out the Republican leadership in the Senate for their failure to pass the long-promised repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
He was especially critical of the so-called “skinny bill” suggested by Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, who was unable to deliver on any version of repeal and replace.
“It’s not going to be done with 24 hours notice and a bill that has the word ‘skinny’ in it,” Gowdy told Fox News.
The plain speaking Gowdy wasn’t afraid to put much of the blame on the GOP.
“Our problem is that for seven years we’ve been telling folks what we’re against and what we’re opposed to and then we’ve had seven months to govern and the best we can come up with is a skinny plan on 24 hours notice?” Gowdy asked.
The ‘skinny’ bill would only have done away with only those parts of Obamacare that are most disliked, but done nothing to address the other problems inherent in the law, including rising premiums, that are acknowledged as issues even by Democrats in Congress.
McConnell’s ‘skinny’ bill went down to defeat when Sen. John McCain (R-AR) cast one of three Republican ‘no’ votes the day after a stirring speech made on the Senate floor as he returned from surgery and a cancer diagnosis.
Gowdy was asked if he believed the battle to repeal and replace Obamacare is over.
“No, we’ve got to go back. It was a fundamental promise of the Trump campaign, and it desperately needs to be done.”
“We set unrealistic expectations and then we never meet them, which leads to anger and frustration,” the congressman said, possibly anticipating the rapidly approaching midterm elections in which Republicans will have to answer to their constituents for the failure to enact any portion of the party platform.