tv Capitol Hill Interview Molly Hooper CSPAN March 24, 2017 8:49pm-9:02pm EDT
also. someday in the not too distant future. i never said repeal and replace obamacare. i never said repeal it and replace it. within 64 days. i have a long time. i want to have a great health care bill and plan and we will. it will happen. and it won't be in the very distant future. i believe there'll be some democrat support that'll happen and it will be an even better bill. i think this was a very good bill. i think it will be even better the next time around. i don't think that's going to be in too long a period of time. >> anything specifically you want to see changed? mr. trump: i don't want to speak about specifics. there were things i would have liked even more.
i thought overall this was a very, very good bill. i thought tom price, dr. tom price who really is amazing on health care in his knowledge, i thought he did a fantastic job. same with mike pence. thank you very much. joni is now from statuary hall, molly cooper of "the hill." how did we get here? >> we got here because the republicans did not have the vote. part of the reason is because it was a small group of republicans who just were not going to be voting for it. caucus,of the freedom they were retractable votes. it was clear that the president was not going to be able to get them. basically, house speaker paul ryan took a trip to the white house, have lunch with the president, comes back, holds an emergency meeting with his conference, telling them, guess what, here's the deal, we are not going to have the vote, i will not put you on the chopping .lock to have a tough vote
that is it. host: how many votes are we talking about?where there members that -- where there members that were going to say yes? guest: as the morning went on, the no votes were piling up. it was interesting watching the first round of both this morning, speaker ryan speaking to two or three people and it was clear from his body language, he was not happy. once the members dug in, there was not any placating on the fact that mike pence traveled to the capitol hill to meet with members of the freedom caucus and it was clear again that they were not going to support the bill. any near-terme prospects for health care legislation? guest: that's the thing, members
were really upset. this is something they promised their constituents for the past seven years. since obamacare was signed into law, many of them ran on this issue to repeal and replace obamacare. they were very upset. one lawmaker described himself as lugubrious. basically the president wants to move on. that is it. it was either vote now or move on. they are moving on. host: the president, as you said, said it was time to move on, the aca or obamacare would explode or implode on its own. heentiedheosbity a rtanuprt f ath hethar bl in the fure. in a transfer that -- a cncsfer that -- -- an foth? eshawod ke bne year. wldote realecse moatwi nototon repealf amar wldavto be ula
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