GOP Lawmaker: McConnell Snubs 'Judeo-Christianity Land,' Moses by Not Repealing Obamacare
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) told PJM that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has violated the law of Moses by not following through on the Republican Party’s promise to totally repeal Obamacare.
Reflecting on President Trump’s time in office, the conservative lawmaker was asked if the president had “excessive expectations” as a candidate, as McConnell has suggested.
"Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before," McConnell told a Rotary meeting in his home state in August. "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process."
Brat replied that Trump “had the exact expectations that Mitch McConnell and everyone in the Senate promised, that they are going to repeal Obamacare – that’s the expectation we all had.”
“Don’t lie, right? The reason we had those expectations is because you all voted on it 50 times on total repeal, not a skinny bill, so that’s a bunch of bull, having the ‘wrong expectations,’ that’s a bunch of bull. The American people had the exact correct expectations if you live in Judeo-Christianity land and you expect people to basically tell the truth, right? It’s in the big 10. Go check Moses,” Brat said during an interview on Capitol Hill.
“It’s a bunch of bull that Trump had the wrong expectations,” he added. “McConnell has the wrong expectations and he is out of touch with the American people right now, who know doggone well that they promised to repeal, they should have repealed it and he’s in charge – so go get it done.”
The GOP-led Senate voted to fully repeal Obamacare without a subsequent replacement plan while President Obama was in office. Thus far in Trump’s term, the GOP-led Senate has voted on several Obamacare replacement plans but they did not pass.
“Something is overruling the will of the American people,” Brat said. “And so the American people go, ‘We just gave you the House and the Senate and the White House, you’ve got it all and you’ve got all the secretaries under the president, you’ve got the tax-writing ability, you’ve got the legislative capacity, you’ve got everything and you’re telling me you can’t make a deal with the Democrats, to offer them something to get what you want through?’ I mean, it’s beyond comprehension, right? So it’s a failure of leadership at the job to demand what is due to the American people, right?”
The Virginia Republican argued that “the swamp up here has a disproportionate voice like on healthcare, etc.”
“On healthcare, the definition of the swamp is you’ve got the biggies in play. It shouldn’t be that way; it should be a bunch of small firms but you’ve got a few biggies, and if you add any competition in, any competitive feature at all, it’s against the biggies,” Brat continued. “Well, then you ruffle their feathers and then you’re going to ruffle the voters’ feathers and that ruffles leadership’s feathers – but you’ve got to do it, that’s what you were elected to do is fix it.”