GOP Sen: ‘Don’t Think It’s Important’ For Trump to Understand Health Care Details


GOP Senator Bill Cassidy went on MSNBC Live Thursday morning to talk about the complexity of the new health care bill, and said it is not important for President Donald Trump to understand it as well.

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson read a statement from Trump’s interview with the New York Times Wednesday night, in which he talked about how he views health care:

“So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan.”

Jackson pointed out the confusing nature of his statement, so she asked Cassidy, “Does he get the intricacies of what you guys are discussing in the senate?”

Cassidy, who spent the earlier portion of the interview explaining the details of the health care bill, said he feels the President “is about broad principles.”

Jackson pushed further with Cassidy, asking more specifically, “So in your conversations with him, do you believe the president understands the political, the policy intricacies, of this bill?”

To which Cassidy responded why he doesn’t believe the President needs understand those intricacies:

“I don’t think it’s important for him to understand the political intricacies, what’s important for him is to understand the principle. His principle is that there should be a replace associated with repeal, and during the campaign he consistently said he wanted to continue coverage for those who had, cover preexisting conditions, eliminate mandates and lower premiums. Those are very good principles by which to go.”

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