tv President Blames Democrats for Health Care Bill Failure CSPAN March 25, 2017 12:21am-12:32am EDT
>> the white house, president trump spoke to reporters briefly about the decision to pull the decision to replace the affordable care act. his remarks are about 10 minutes. pres. trump: it was a difficult thing to do. ps thing we could do politically speaking is what obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. many states have big problems -- almost all states have big problems. i was in tennessee and they lost
half of their insurers. many other places. i was in kentucky the other day and similar things are happening. so obamacare is exploding. with no democrat support, we couldn't quite get there. we were just a very small number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed. many people don't realize how good our bill was because it was phase 1. and you add in phase 2, phase 3, which i think we would have gotten. premiums would have gone down and it would have been very stable and strong. that is ok. we are very close. again, i think what will happen is obamacare unfortunately will explode. it will have a bad year. last year you had over 100% increases in various places.
in arizona, i understand it is going up very rapidly again. last year was 116%. many places, 50, 60%. whatever the average was, very high. this year should be worse for obamacare. what would be good is if the democrats let it explode. if they got together with us and got a real health care bill. i would be totally open to vent. i think that is going to happen. i think the losers are nancy pelosi end chuck schumer. now they own obamacare 100%. this is not a republican health care. this is not anything but a democrat health care. they have obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to will at someit point in the near future. this is not our bill, this is
their bill. when they become civilized and work out a great deal for the citizens of this country, we are totally open to it. i want to thank the republican party. i want to thank pauline. -- paul ryan. he worked very hard. he worked very hard. tom price and mike pence, who is here. perhaps the best thing that can happen is exactly what happened today, because we will end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as obamacare explodes. i want to thank everybody for being here. it will go very smoothly. it certainly was an interesting
period of time. we all learn a lot. we learned about loyalty, the vote getting process. we learned about some very arcane rules in obviously both the senate and the house. for me it has certainly been an interesting experience. in the end it will be an experience that leads to a better health care plan. thank you very much and i will see you soon. >> your intention is to go for tax reform? pres. trump: we will write now be going for tax reform, which we could have done earlier, but this would have worked out better if could have had democrats support. we have had no democrat support. we will go toward tax reform. >> are you confident in speaker ryan's ability to get this thing done? pres. trump: yes. he has a lot of groups, a flood of factions.
there has been a history of liking and disliking in the republican party even before i got here. i have had a great relationship with the republican party. it seems that both sides like trump. you see that more clearly than anybody. i went to speak badly about -- i won't speak badly about anyone in the party. i think that paul worked hard. we will work on the big tax cuts and tax reform. that will be next. it is going to happen. there is not much you can do about it. bad thigns are going to happen to obamacare. there is not much you can do to help it. i have been saying that for a year and a half. it is not sustainable. the insurance companies are leaving. you have states in some places
that soon will not be covered. there is no way out of that. the one thing that was happening, as we got closer, everyone was talking about how wonderful it was. now it will go back to real life. people will see how that it is. -- how bad it is. it is getting much worse. when president obama left, 2017, he new he wasn't going to be here. you are going to have explosive premium increases. your deductibles are so high people don't get to use it. they will go with that for a little while. i know some of the democrats, and they are good people. i believe they will come to us and say, let's get together and get a great health care bill or plan that is great for the people of our country. i think that is going to happen. >> kenny -- if you couldn't pass
without democratic support, why do you think you could craft a deal with the republican party? pres. trump: we were very close. we were 10 to 15 votes. you will never know because we don't know how they would have voted. it is very hard to get almost 100%. you are talking about a large number of votes among any group. we were close to doing it. when you get no votes from the other side, it is a difficult situation. >> will you reach out to democrats now? pres. trump: no, i think we have to let obamacare go its way. i would love to see it do well, but it can't. i would love it to do well. i want great health care for the people of this nation, but it can't do well. it is imploding, and soon will explode. it will not be pretty. the democrats don't want to see
that, so they will reach out whenever they are ready. when they are ready, we are ready. >> do you feel betrayed by the house freedom caucus? they seemed to be the most difficult -- pres. trump:no, they are friends of mine. i am a little disappointed. i am surprised to be honest with you. we would have had it. it was pretty much within grasp. i will tell you what will come out of it is a better bill. there were things in this bill i didn't particularly like. both parties can get together and do real health care. that is the best thing. obamacare was rammed down everyone's throat. bipartisan will be a big improvement. no, i think this is going to end up being a good thing. i am disappointed, but they are friends of mine. this is a very hard time for them.
but they are very good people. we could have things that i would've liked more. if we had -- if we had really bipartisan i think we could have a bill that would be the ultimate. i think democrats know that also. and someday, in the not-too-distant future -- and they never said -- i\ never said repeal and replace obamacare. i never said repeal and replace it within 64 days. i have a long time. but 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? pres. 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. these two guys, they work so hard, and really did a fantastic job. thank you very much. thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> joining us now from statuary hall in the capital is molly hooper of the hill. a very interesting day in the house. how did we get here? molly: we got here because the republicans did not have the votes to take this bill over the goal line. part of that reason was there was a small group of republicans who were not going to be voting for it.