Posted on June 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2018 – In a joint interview today with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Fox News’s “Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the facts show Democrats are vulnerable on the issue of health care.
“[Democrats] passed Obamacare without a Republican vote. They refused to repeal and replace it, and just a couple of months ago, President Trump, we, all of us on the Republican side, had offered a bipartisan bill that would have lowered rates up to 40 percent. That's several thousand dollars on your insurance rate and the Democrats blocked it.”
Dana Perino: “Senator Alexander, I understand that some of the items on the possible priority list are things like taking another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare, a second round of tax cuts, or maybe perhaps making those tax cuts permanent, reining in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is somewhat underway under Mick Mulvaney, defunding planned parenthood – that comes up over and over, work requirements or federal welfare programs and expanding gun rights. Is it right that that's pretty much the comprehensive list of what you think is on the minds of fellow senators?”
Senator Lamar Alexander: “There are a lot of other things there, and what we’ve said to senators is, ‘If you don't like the list that Ted and I sent you, send us your list.’ But Ted said it exactly right. We think we've done more working with President Trump in the last 17 months than any other conservative government in the last 30 years, but we don't have a majority like this – a Republican Congress and Republican president – often. Since 1932, over 86 years, we've had it eight years, so if there's one more thing that we can do with 50 votes, Ted and I want to make sure we know what it is and recommended to our caucus.”
Perino: “Yesterday, Senator McConnell said everyone's going to stay in Washington, DC in August and I've been there plenty of Augusts and you know, obviously, a lot of people would like to be other places because it is a hot, sticky mess. But, there's a lot of work to be done. Senator Schumer has basically taken it in stride and saying, “Okay, fine, we want to work too.” This is what he says they want to push during recess in August.”
Perino: “Senator Alexander, I've been following this. At least if you look at Democrats across the country, they always seem to rank healthcare as their number one concern, and because you're so intimately familiar, and all the committee work that you do, is that a place where you think Republicans might be vulnerable going into the midterms?”
Alexander: “I think if people know the facts it’s where Democrats ought to be vulnerable. They passed Obamacare without a Republican vote. They refused to repeal and replace it, and just a couple of months ago, President Trump, we, all of us on the Republican side, had offered a bipartisan bill that would have lowered rates up to 40 percent. That's several thousand dollars on your insurance rate and the Democrats blocked it. So if they want to talk about healthcare, we can talk about that, but I think what we want to talk about is what Ted Said, which is the best economy in 18 years, the biggest military growth in spending in 15 years, that's our agenda. Taxes, judges, regulations.”