Sean Spicer says that while the president is upset with the cancellation of the health care vote, he is ready to move forward with his “America First” agenda.
Spicer, the White House press secretary, appeared on Fox News to discuss the mood of the president and the administration after the American Health Care Act was pulled just before the scheduled vote Friday afternoon. Health care reform was the first major legislation put forth by the new administration, and its first, very public, defeat in Congress led by members of its own Party.
The press secretary believes the president is “disappointed,” but not shaken by the defeat. “He’s realistic. He knew it would be tough,” Spicer said. “He felt that he had really listened to everybody and given them the opportunity to have their voice heard and share their input. Clearly, he’s disappointed. We worked hard for this.”
The president is looking to pursue tax reform and his other pro-growth agendas now that health care reform is, for the moment, a settled issue. “He has an ambitious plan ahead. He has a desire to do fundamental tax reform, something we haven’t seen since 1986. The agenda moves on,” Spicer said.
Spicer believes the Obamacare system, as it continues to unravel, will cause GOP lawmakers with cold feet and Democratic dissenters to change their tunes on health care reform. “His view on healthcare is that this will collapse. Democrats will crawl back once the system fails on its own,” Spicer said. “The people that stood with Nancy Pelosi today understand the system is going down and the higher costs are on their shoulders not ours.”
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