Gingrich on Health Care: 'You Don't Set an Artificial Deadline for Defeat'
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said on "The First 100 Days" that Republicans should not have rushed their health care reform bill.
"You don't set an artificial deadline for defeat," he said, noting that in the 1980s his Republican caucus spent 18 months crafting a successful tax reform bill.
He said President Trump is "doing much better" than Congressional Republicans.
Trump, he said, has a solid team of advisers and has had a good week in the public eye.
In contrast, he slammed Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his caucus for setting the "artificial deadline" for ObamaCare replacement, and basing their actions off arcane Senate rules they expected to trigger.
Gingrich suggested that Trump move on to his infrastructure plan, quipping that he could have all 100 senators and 435 House members support a bipartisan plan in that regard.
He said Trump's tax reform bill should be so effectively crafted that the several blue-state senators up for reelection whose states voted for Trump couldn't help but support it.
Some of the senators he was referring to include Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana and Robert Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania.