A frustrated Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) tore into his own party Friday after the Republican Party again failed to make good on a promise they have been making for seven years.
Ever since Obamacare became law in 2010, Republicans nationwide have been winning elections promising to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a consumer-centered, free market solution. Now that the GOP controls both Congress and the White House, it appeared that the repeal and replace would finally happen.
However, more than six months into the Trump administration, it hasn't happened — and Gowdy is exasperated over it.
"Our problem is that for seven years we've been telling people what we’re against and what we’re opposed to and then we’ve had seven months to govern, and the best we can come up with is a skinny plan on 24 hours notice?" Gowdy said on "Fox & Friends."
"We gotta get better at telling people what we believe, why we believe it, and then persuading them that it's right for the country," Gowdy explained. "We've had plenty of time to do it. We set unrealistic expectations and then we never meet them, which leads to anger and frustration."
Gowdy continued, quipping: "We’ve had seven years to figure it out and the best we can come up with is something called ‘skinny.'"
When asked what Republicans should do moving forward now that multiple attempts to repeal Obamacare have failed, Gowdy asserted that Republicans must continue the repeal effort since it was a "fundamental" promise of so many GOP campaigns, including that of President Donald Trump.
"[The repeal] desperately needs to be done. The Affordable Care Act is failing," Gowdy said.
Then the South Carolina representative dropped some advice about what it will take to repeal Obamacare.
"It’s not going to be done with 24 hours notice and a bill that has the word ‘skinny’ in it," he said.
Gowdy's comments came after the Senate failed to pass a "skinny repeal" of Obamacare early Friday morning. During that vote, three GOP senators, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), voted against the repeal.
The "skinny repeal" was tightly held by Republican leaders and was unveiled just hours before senators voted on it. It sought to make concessions within the Republican Party by repealing the individual and employer mandates, in addition to temporarily repealing the medical device tax. The bill also sought to provide states more flexibility to operate outside of Obamacare's stiff regulations.
Still, the bill ultimately failed early Friday morning by a vote of 51-48.