Katy Tur Grills GOP Rep. on AHCA: ‘Are You Saying Because Your Bill is Smaller That Means It’s Better?’
During an appearance on MSNBC this afternoon, a Republican Congressman appeared to embrace a recent GOP talking point pushed by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and HHS Secretary Tom Price that the GOP House Obamacare replacement bill is better because it has fewer pages than the Affordable Care Act.
Speaking to host Katy Tur, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) pushed back against the notion that the attempted passage of the American Health Care Act hasn’t been above board and that they’re not doing it in the “light of day,” as Tur brought up a recent committee vote that took place at 4:30 AM.
“I completely disagree this hasn’t been above board and completely out there for people to see,” Byrne said. “We’ve been talking about the principles for this bill for months now.”
The GOP lawmaker then highlighted that the Obamacare bill was over 2,000 pages long while the two bills Republicans have are a combined 130 pages, so it will be much easier to read.
“Are you saying because your bill is smaller that means it’s better,” Tur asked.
“Yes, because it makes things simpler,” the Alabama rep answered. “It gives more freedom in choice to people.”
Watch the interview above, via MSNBC.
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