Budget director Mick Mulvaney had a simple message for Senate Republicans Wednesday: we’ll do our job, you do yours on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
MAGAnomics — Make America Great Again economics — depends on it, Mulvaney said on CNN’s “New Day” morning program.
“We’re not really sure how you can run for seven years saying, ‘If you elect us, we’ll repeal and replace Obamacare’ and then the voters give us a chance to do that and we don’t do it. The question is why can’t the Senate deliver on that?” Mulvaney told CNN.
“Part of my job is to try to get the American economy back on track, back to what we call this MAGAnomics concept — Make America Great Again economics concept — 3 percent sustained economic growth. Part of that is getting rid of Obamacare,” Mulvaney said.
“We are doing our job down here. We hope the Senate does theirs and continues to work on healthcare.
“I think our point is this, let’s not move on from healthcare just because you failed by one vote. The president isn’t giving up on healthcare, neither should the Senate,” Mulvaney said.
Mulvaney was pushing back on Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn’s criticism from earlier in the week, basically telling Mulvaney and the White House to buzz off.
“I don’t think (Mulvaney’s) got much experience in the Senate as I recall, and he’s got a big job,” Cornyn said. “He ought to do that job and let us do our jobs.”
Mulvaney was, of course, in the House of Representatives before heeding President Donald Trump’s call to run the Office of Management and Budget.
“I appreciate Senator Cornyn. There’s a little tongue-in-cheek in there. Always a little institutional infighting between here and Capitol Hill, which is fine,” Mulvaney said. “He’s a good friend of mine, but we are trying to follow through on the promises we made as a party which is to repeal and replace.”
Mulvaney also counterpunched “New Day” host Chris Cuomo who tried to push an agenda that the Trump administration was trying to cripple Obamacare by threatening to end the monthly subsidies to insurance companies.
“Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, insurance companies have been raising premiums even with these payments having been made for the last several years,” Mulvaney told Cuomo. “It gets worse by itself, as we’ve seen for the last several years. It doesn’t need the president’s help to make it a bad piece of legislation.
“The people have a bad deal the way it is. The simple way to fix this, is to get rid of it, not continue to throw bad money over good.”