Sen. Cotton says Republicans moving 'too quickly' on repealing Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KTHV) - On Wednesday morning, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton said that Republicans in the House of Representatives are moving "too quickly" in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

GOP congressmen in the House introduced their first piece of legislation on Monday. The legislation is designed to repeal and hopefully replace Obamacare, but many conservatives both in the Senate and House have already slammed the plan. Their main complaint was that was that the bill creates what they claim was a new entitlement program and that it was basically Obamacare-lite.

In an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Cotton didn't outright condemn the new plan, but said using a "more deliberate process" would help Republicans avoid making the mistakes he said Democrats made when they passed Obamacare in 2010.

"We're going to live with health care reform we pass forever or until it's changed in the far-distance future," Cotton said. "So, I don't think we need to introduce legislation on Monday and have one change to amend it on Wednesday."

Cotton would rather get new healthcare laws right instead of a hasty path through Congress, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes to have the repeal bill passed before Easter recess.

"Even though the bill is much shorter than Obamacare, it's very hard for us to get ours hands around what's in it," he said during the interview. "The language, you may have seen it, is highly technical and complicated."

Cotton said the bill has some good measures, but said the bill has only been out to the public for 36 hours and "to try and rush it through this week" he said would harken back to the problems the Affordable Care Act went through.

He also said during the interview that he has seen no evidence of former President Barack Obama wiretapping President Donald Trump's phones at Trump Tower during the election.

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