President Donald Trump was ready. Millions of Americans were ready, too. But one group was not, Vice President Mike Pence told a West Virginia crowd on Saturday.
“Congress just wasn’t ready,” Pence said a day after the House Republican bill to overhaul Obamacare was shelved rather than face certain defeat.
“The president and I are grateful for Speaker Paul Ryan and all the House Republicans who stood with us in this effort to begin the end of Obamacare,” Pence said.
“But as we all learned yesterday, Congress just wasn’t ready. You saw it,” he said.
Pence noted that although Democrats have said Obamacare needs changes, none lifted a finger to do anything about it.
“With 100 percent of House Democrats, every single one, and a handful of Republicans actually standing in the way of President Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, we’re back to the drawing board,” he added.
Pence sought to assure Vest Virginians, who supported Trump in the November election, that Trump did all he could to pass the plan.
“I was inspired by President Trump’s determination and commitment to keep his promise to the American People” to pass the Obamacare overhaul, he said.
He said Trump “worked tirelessly over the past several weeks to get Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Pence also said Trump kept an open mind and an open door throughout the process.
“You saw his resolve to work with whoever he needed to work with, to call whoever he needed to call to get our plan across the finish line this week on Capitol Hill,” the vice president said.
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) March 25, 2017
Pence said the end result was only a victory for Washington insiders.
“It was a victory for the status quo in Washington, D.C., and it was a victory for the disaster of Obamacare,” Pence said. “I promise you, that victory won’t last long. The American people want Obamacare gone.”
“Every day Obamacare survives is another day that America suffers,” he added.
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