PAT: Drudge was upset by that and tweeted about it yesterday. And Sean Spicer was asked about it at the White House press conference.
VOICE: I noticed that Matt Drudge tweeted today that the Republican Party should be sued for fraud, basically upset about the lack of any legislation to repeal Obamacare or any tax cut legislation. So what's your message to him and anyone else who is worried about sort of the big push in the beginning and might be concerned that that momentum is stalling?
SEAN: I think it's hardly stalling. I think it's a mammoth thing to repeal and replace. I think there's no question the president's commitment to doing this. You've heard Speaker Ryan talk about how we should be able to have this wrapped up by the end of the year.
It's a big bill. It got jammed through, and it was very sweeping. We're talking about one-fifth of our economy. We can either do it quickly, as the Democrats did, and end up with a monstrosity, where premiums go up, access is limited. Or we can do it right.
And I think the president, while he wants to get this done as soon as possible and understand what's at stake, he wants to do it right. He understands how important health care is to American families and individuals. And so his goal is to get it done right and have an outcome that achieves the goals that it sets out to do. That's it, plain and simple.
STU: That's a good answer, right?
PAT: Okay. The problem with that though is, that's just pushing it down the road, which is what Republicans do every single time.
PAT: Every single time, they've got the executive and both of the legislative branches and they've got the majority and they've got all the power, they just squander it. And it looks like that's the road they're headed down again. And I'm going to be really pissed if that's what happens.
STU: And the tax cuts were what Drudge specifically mentioned there. And I guess he maybe also hit Obamacare. But the tax cuts are interesting because you've heard at least talk about the Obamacare part of this. We've heard almost nothing about tax cuts.
PAT: About tax cuts.
STU: And, again, you have to look at this as you have two years here. Not four years. Two years.
STU: Because you don't know what's going to happen in 2018. Yes, the Senate is set up well for Republicans. But you have no idea what the context of those moments will be. You have no idea if you lose seats or you gain seats. You have no idea if the House goes or not. You have no idea what the economy, what shape it will be in. You better get these things passed now while you have momentum.
PAT: And the thing is, if it were the Democrats in this position with the executive branch and the House and the Senate --
STU: They did it. We don't need to speculate. They did it.
PAT: They did it. They do it every single time. Every single time.
STU: They did it with the stimulus. They did it with Dodd-Frank and Obamacare.
PAT: And Obamacare.
STU: They pushed three gigantic initiatives through, almost immediately. And that's what you have to do.
STU: Because you can't predict what the status will be in a couple years.
PAT: The other thing that concerns me about this is if we do something fast, we'll wind up with a monstrosity. Which leads me to believe that they're putting together some massive government program to replace the massive government program, which is a huge concern.
STU: Yeah. And that's a little scare.