President Disappointed and Surprised By Health Care Bill Failure CSPAN July 18, 2017 2:11pm-2:22pm EDT
there were a lot of talks about the legal aspects of it. what i hope i can bring is at the end of the day the moms and dads who are dealing with their children, facing an addiction or gosh forbid, that they've lost a child. put a more human face on it. the education and work force, coming out of the chamber, some of those labor and work force issues are important to me. as someone who worked her way up, i understand how important a very solid k-12 education is. and we need to make sure that our young people, when they graduate from high school, that they have the skills and the education they need to do whatever comes next. and next might be going into the workplace, it might be two year technical college or a four year college. we have an obligation to make sure they're ready for whatever path it is life takes them down. >> representative karen handel. thank you very much.
>> thank you. >> prior to a white house lunch today with military service members who served in afghanistan, president trump said he is very disappointed in the senate's failure to repeal and replace the federal healthcare law. here are his comments. thank you very much. i'm pleased to have vice president pence with us and four great soldiers who spent a lot of time in afghanistan and i am going to be talking to you about afghanistan. what you think, your views, these are people on the ground, know it probably better than anybody. you know it pretty well, right? and we're going to be getting some ideas because we've been there. it's our longest war.
we've been there for close to 17 years. i want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going and what we should do in terms of additional ideas. i want to hear it from the people on the ground. so this is actually a very important luncheon and it's great honor to have you with us. and i look forward to the discussion. we'll wait until the media leaves. i want to thank you folks, thank you very much. thank you. >> thank you. [ inaudible question ] >> disappointed. very disappointed. i'm certainly disappointed. for seven years i've been hearing repeal and replace from congress. i've been hearing it loud and strong. then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don't take advantage of it. that's disappointing.
so i would say i'm disappointed in what took place. it will go on and we'll win, we'll win on taxes. we're going to win on infrastructure and lots of other things that we're doing. we've won and are winning the war as you know on the border. we're very much decimating isis. you can see that. you see that better than anybody sees it. the soldiers that are with us today. we've had a lot of victories, but we haven't had a victory in healthcare. we're disappointed. i am very disappointed. again, even as a civilian for seven years i've been hearing about healthcare. and i've been hearing about repeal and replace. and obamacare is a total disaster. some states have over 200% increase. 200% increase in their premiums. and their deductibles are through the roof. it's an absolute disaster. and i think you'll also agree that i've been saying for a long time, let obamacare fail and then everybody's going to have to come together and fix it.
and come up with a new plan and plan that's really good for the people with much lower premiums, much lower costs and much better protection. i've been saying that, mike you'll agreed, for a long time. let obamacare fail it will be a lot easier. i think we're probably in that position where we'll let obamacare fail. we're not going to own it. i'm not going to own it. al i c the republicans are not going to own it. we'll let obamacare fail and the democrats will come to us, how do we fix it or how do we come up with a new plan. we'll see what happens. there's other things going on right now as we speak. i am disappointed because for so many years i've been hearing repeal and replace. i'm sitting in the oval office right next door, pen in hand, waiting to sign something. and i'll be waiting. and eventually we're going to get something done and it's going to be very good. bu obamacare is a big failure and it has to be changed.
we have to go to a plan that works. we have to go to much less expensive plan in terms of premiums. and something will happen it will be very good. may not be as quick as we had hoped but it's going to happen. [ inaudible question ] >> well, they were not disloyal. they had their own reasons. i was very surprised when two folks came out last night because we thought they were in fairly good shape. but they did. you know, everybody has their own reason. if you really think about it, you look at it and we have 52 people, we had no democrat support which is really something that should be said. we should have had democrats vote. it was a great plan for a lot of people. we had 52 people. we had four no's. we might have had another one somewhere in there. but essentially the vote would be pretty close, 48-4. that's a pretty impressive vote by any standard.
and yet you have a vote of 48-h48-4 or something like that. you need more, it's pretty tough. the way i look at it is in '18 we'll have to get some more people elected. we have to go out and get more people elected that are republicans. we have to probably pull in the few people that voted against it. i don't know, they're going to have to explain to you why they did. and i'm sure they'll have very fine reasons. we have to get more republicans elected. we got it passed in the house. we would have gotten it very much -- you can't use a head as a stand. we don't want that to happen. you're messing with the wrong guy here. we want -- i think we'll do very well, actually, in '18. i would be not surprised if something were done long before that. in any event, because the margin was so small, the majority margin is so small we'll have to get more republicans elected in '18 and i'll be working very
hard for that to happen, okay? it would be nice to have democrat support but really they're obstructionists. they have no ideas. they have no thought process. all they want to do is obstruct government and obstruct period. in this case, think of it. so many things, we didn't get a vote. obamacare isn't failing, it's god. so i think something's going to happen. we'll find out, stay tuned. >> thank you all very much. [ inaudible question ] sunday on q&a. >> when we look at president obama's domestic legacy, i think there are two things that are very important that will have long lasting good consequences. sonia sotomayor and elana kagan.
>> the second of our two part interview with david garro. he talks about his book, rising star, the making of barack obama. which covered president obama's life up to him winning the presidency. >> i think the point to emphasize is over the course of barrack's presidency there were scores and scores of people in illinois who had known him from years earlier who were deeply disappointed with the trajectory of the obama precedency. number one, disappointed that barrack forgot the people, many of the people, most of the people, who were central to his political rise. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on cspan q&a. sunday night on afterwards.
jou journalist sharyl atkisson. >> you don't stick up for mccain. you hammer "the washington post" who you feel has not properly reported on this incident, as opposed to saying, hey, donald trump why are you smearing john mccain? >> number one, no offense to you, it was "the washington post" that i wrote about. >> you're right. >> but number two, i'm not here to cheer on or defend john mccain or donald trump. i think the media behavior -- and people do mistake when you criticize media behavior for how it treats donald trump. it doesn't mean i support him or am cheering him on. it is misread as you much be supporting him because you said this. it has nothing to do with that.
it's looking at what i see is fair or accurate media coverage about the candidate. i have spoken out frequently about that, including some of the washington post coverage. >> watch sunday night at 9:00 eastern on cspan 2 book tv. lesbians and gays talk about their personal experiences in the fight for marriage equality, transgender rights. a couple that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in california are among those taking part. >> welcome to our fifth annual lbgt forum. this is a special one for us. we're doing a number of wonderful things, celebrating our fifth year of our program and i'll tell you about the program in a moment. not the least of which is this incredibly powerhouse panel we've put together on a topic that's fairly urgent right now. if