VIDEO: Collins Still Predicting Passage of Obamacare Replacement

Takes to National TV to Tout Economic Benefits

Dave Debo
March 24, 2017 - 6:06 am

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Congressman Chris Collins is painting Friday's Obamacare vote as a referendum on support for President Donald Trump, and predicts that economic benefits of the plan will create enough support that it will likely pass when voted on Friday.

"Do you think you have the votes for this thing, up or down,tomorrow?"  asked MSNBC's Brian Williams during one of the congressman's two national appearances Thursday night. "Yeah Brian I would say the answer is yes," Collins responded. 

 Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. While GOP leadership intends to hold the House vote on the bill sometime Friday, it is unclear whether they will be able to persuade enough lawmakers to vote "yes."

 But speaking on both MSNBC and on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" Thursday evening, Collins said they they will have the votes, and argued that economic benefits of the plan will give reluctant lawmakers a way to sell it to their constituents during the upcoming congressional recess.

"In my district there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it is we are doing,. Once we get it done, then we can  have the  chance to really explain it. And one of the biggest issues they aren't even talking about is they are eliminating $800,000 in taxes fees and penalties.... I don't even hear that as part of the discussion," Collins said. 

His Fox appearance was a little more contentious of the two, challenged often by guest host Eric Bolling who argued - as some in the senate do-- that the plan does not do enough to lower premiums. Collins returned to the economic argument. 

"When we remove $800-billion of job-killing taxes and fees and penalties, the economy will start growing for that reason alone. Incomes will go up and people will come off entitlement programs. If this bill goes down tomorrow, we have ObamaCare and all its problems."


HEAR COLLINS and Cong. Duncan Hunter ON THE O'REILLY FACTOR with guest host Eric Bolling

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