By: Nick Givas
Not a single panelist raised a hand when asked if they believe GOP lawmakers would be able to pass an Obamacare repeal bill, according to a news segment on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota talked with five Trump voters on the show and asked the guests if they blamed President Donald Trump for the failure to repeal Obamacare.
Trump voter Payton Isner said he doesn’t blame the president but holds Congress responsible for not passing legislation.
“No I don’t necessarily blame the president, I think it lays at the feet of Congress for the most part. He has a responsibility to bring people, the Republican party together,” said Isner, a college student at Furman University in South Carolina. “I think when he was elected president he thought that Congress had a plan already and that they had worked behind the scenes to create one and when he got there he realized that they really didn’t have one.”
Isner believes there has to be a conversation between both parties out in the open, to forge a long term solution for the health care crisis.
“There needs to be a discussion between not just Republicans, but between Republicans and Democrats. And we need a long term permanent solution that handles all these issues, and it doesn’t need to be done under the table and it doesn’t need to be done in the back rooms of Congress,” he said.
Trump supporter Jordan Jacquay, a high school teacher, agreed with Isner and said Congress shares the blame, but he felt a repeal and replace of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law was more of a GOP campaign slogan than a realistic plan.
“I don’t fault the president as much as I do Congress,” Jacquay said. “But I also think that repeal and replace was more of a slogan than it was a plan. And you can’t replace Obamacare with something that’s not going to cover preexisting conditions.”
Panelist Mark O’Brien disagreed and felt Trump should have done more to reach out to Congress and across the aisle to get something done.
“Slogan doesn’t cut it for me anymore,” O’Brien concluded. “He’s had nine months.”