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Gingrich: Ridiculous For Trump To Blame GOP For Healthcare Failure

Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump’s most loyal defenders since early in the 2016 race for the White House, surprised many political observers on Thursday when he spoke out against the president’s criticism of Republicans in the Senate.

According to Newsmax, the former House speaker described as “absurd” and “goofy” Trump’s remarks holding GOP lawmakers responsible for the recent defeat of a healthcare bill. Gingrich suggested that the president should look into the mirror to see who was at least partly to blame for the measure going down on a 51-49 vote. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined all of the upper chamber’s Democrats in rejecting the measure. Trump was furious about the vote, which prevented him from making good on his campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare (formally known as the Affordable Care Act).

Gingrich, a paid commentator for Fox News, told the “Fox & Friends” panel: “This whole thing is absurd. For every Republican who voted no, there were 16 Democratic senators who voted no.” The Georgia Republican advised the president and other Obamacare opponents to politically target the “10 Democratic senators” who represent states that Trump won in last year’s election.

Gingrich argued that the Senate majority leader was not to blame for the bill’s demise. “The fact is, with a very narrow margin, Mitch McConnell got 49 out of 52,” he said. “I think the president can’t disassociate himself from this. He’s part of the leadership team. He’s not an observer sitting up in the stands; he’s on the field. It was a collective failure; both the Trump administration and Republicans in the Senate failed. But to get involved shooting at each other, when there were 16 Democrats voting no for every single Republican who voted no, is goofy.”

The ex-speaker, who led the House of Representatives while Democrat Bill Clinton was president in the 1990s, warned his fellow Republicans to not ignore the lessons of their inability to end Obamacare. “What bothers me is, we have a lot of things we need to learn how to do if we’re going to be an effective governing majority party, and I’m frankly equally afraid they’re going to mishandle the tax cuts exactly the way they mishandled health care, and if that happens, we’ll be at the end of the year with a disaster,” Gingrich said.

He repeated his oft-stated opinion that GOP congressional leaders should not announce deadline dates in the process of reforming the tax code. “Setting these deadlines, when you don’t have a clear plan, when you don’t have an absolute majority … these kind of deadlines create these expectations, and then it becomes a crisis and then somebody has to have failed,” Gingrich said.

He predicted that “replacing Obamacare … may take three or four or five years, and it may take 10 or 12 different bills.” Gingrich continued: "I’m not sure anybody’s smart enough to write a single bill to replace Obamacare in one giant step, and I’m not sure you’d get a majority in the House and Senate if you could.”

Source: Newsmax
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