GOP Senator Pat Toomey on Why Health Care Has Stalled: We ‘Didn’t Expect Donald Trump to Win’


Freshman Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) offered a candid assessment of why the Senate’s health care recession has stalled.

In a town hall meeting with constituents and televised on four Keystone State ABC affiliates Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senator pointed the finger at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win,” Toomey said. “I think most of my colleagues didn’t. So we didn’t expect to be in this situation.”

Trump has gone back-and-forth on the issue, making it difficult for Senate lawmakers to tailor a bill to his liking. First, he praised the House’s version of the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony. Then, he dismissed it as “mean.”

Of course, the bill has to get out of the Senate first, before lawmakers worry about whether Trump will sign it.

Toomey, meanwhile has not been hesitant to get on Trump when he feels it’s warranted. In the recent controversy over Trump’s Tweets attacking MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Toomey said that the Tweets were “maddeningly frustrating.”

The Senator again, Wednesday, called on Trump to not engage with the media on matters other than those of policy.

“Every President has had tension with the press,” Toomey said. “I think it’s best to ignore it.”

Overall, Toomey gave Trump a grade of incomplete nearly halfway through his first year in the Oval Office.

“My assessment is it’s mixed,” Toomey said of Trump’s Presidency.

Watch above, via WHTM.

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