Huckabee: Failed ObamaCare Replacement Focused on Process, Not People
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) said one of the main reasons the American Health Care Act ultimately failed was because its drafters focused on Capitol Hill process and not the people it would affect.
"People in Washington captured this and made it about process," Huckabee said, pointing to its "artificial deadline" for passage among other things.
"Instead of focusing on the impact on people, they focused on the Washington self-imposed 'let's get this done, let's show everybody how good we are' [mentality]."
Huckabee said that several members of Congress later showed reservations about the bill after they realized it would hurt their constituents.
The public "couldn't care jack-squat" about process," Huckabee said.
He added that the House could have tried working with "vertical politics" instead of left and right: "Democrats vote with you if what you do takes us up, not down."
While Democrats will never bow to pressure from President Trump or Republican leadership, Huckabee said, they will likely change their tune in some cases if their constituents support something they oppose.
Put something so effective on the table that the Democrats would be "just crazy" not to support it, he said.
Huckabee added that Republicans would have been wiser to pursue tax reform before ObamaCare replacement.