House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., admitted on Friday that it “didn’t work” to try to rush Obamacare through the Democrat-controlled House and Senate in 2009 and 2010, and said that shows why Republicans shouldn’t try to rush a tax bill.
“Yes, we’re replicating the Affordable Care Act,” Hoyer said on the House floor about Republican plans to rush through its tax bill. “Put on the table, quickly passed, jammed through, sent to the Senate, and it didn’t work.”
“And I don’t think this will work either,” he said.
Hoyer’s remarks mirror comments that Republicans have made for years, that Democrats’ rush on healthcare essentially allowed them to push through a major bill affecting millions of people without any Republican input.
But his admission came only in the context of a looming fight over tax policy, which will take place in a Republican-controlled House and Senate.
Republicans have defended their effort to move the tax bill quickly because it’s aimed at cutting taxes for people at all income levels.