Huckabee Sanders: Democrats Responsible for Health Reform Failure

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According to Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Democrats are responsible for the failure this week of Senate health care reform.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) announced Tuesday that he did not expect to have the votes in the Senate to pass the Senate's repeal-and-replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. McConnell has promised a vote on simply repealing Obamacare in the "near future."

A reporter asked Sanders whom she thought was responsible for the failure of the bill.

"I would say Democrats," she responded.

"They're responsible for passing Obamacare. They're responsible for creating the mess that we're in. They're responsible for being unwilling to work with Republicans in any capacity to help fix a system that they know is completely flawed and have publicly said so," she said. "I think that it's pretty clear, and I think that the responsibility lies on their shoulders."

The same reporter asked whether or not President Donald Trump would be open to a more bipartisan approach to health care reform in the future.

"In terms of bipartisan, I think the president laid out pretty clearly from the beginning of this process, he was more than willing to sit down with Democrats," Sanders said. "I think they've been the ones that have been completely unwilling to even come to the table to be part of the discussion."

"Hopefully now that Obamacare continues to completely collapse, they'll decide that they want a part of this process," she added.

Charles Fain Lehman

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