(CNSNews.com) –As it’s written today, the House repeal-and-replace bill cannot pass the Senate,” Sen. Tom Cotton told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“So, I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I serve, do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote.
“I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year. And we have majorities in the House and the Senate and the White House, not only to repeal Obamacare and get healthcare reform right, but to reform our taxes and our regulations and build up our military and to accomplish many other things.
“And I don’t want to see the House majority put at risk on a bill that is not going to pass the Senate. That’s why I think we should take pause, try to solve as many as the problems on both Medicaid and the individual insurance market in this bill in the House and then allow the Senate to take its work up.”
Cotton said the Republican bill leaves most of the Obamacare insurance regulations in place:
“And it’s those regulations that have caused most of the premiums to increase, not just in the Obamacare exchanges, but in the job-based insurance market as well.
“We share the same goals of wanting to repeal Obamacare and getting health insurance rates down so people can get access to care. But as this bill is written, as a practical matter, I just don’t see that competition occurring as it needs to.”
Cotton is among the Republicans who is urging the House to slow down as it tries to remake one-sixth of the American economy.
“We need to get it right, not get it fast,” he said.