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Not Great Phrasing: GOP Rep Says Once They Pass Trumpcare, They Can ‘Really Explain It’

In a statement that he probably would like a second shot at, New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins told MSNBC on Thursday that after Republican lawmakers pass the healthcare bill they would be able to “really explain it” to the American people. The line was painfully similar to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s infamous line about having to “pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

“In my district, right now there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what it is we’re doing,” Collins said on MSNBC Thursday. “And once we get it done, and then we can have the chance to really explain it.”

Apparently subconsciously connecting his own phrase to Pelosi’s notorious line, Collins then specifically brought her up.

“At this point in time, it’s a vote to support our president and all of our signature issues, or frankly it’s a vote for Nancy Pelosi and maintaining Obamacare, which is failing,” said Collins.

And here’s that awful line from Pelosi back in 2009, when Democrats were in the middle of ramming through Obamacare: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”…

The “Trumpcare” bill is currently stalling in Congress and causing massive dissension among the Republican ranks. While Collins and another 90 or so Republican congressmen strongly support the bill, over 30 are either on the fence or demanding a page one rewrite. If more than 22 Republicans vote no, the bill is dead.

In response to the continued holdouts among the Conservative Caucus, Trump issued an ultimatum on Thursday declaring that either Republicans pass it on Friday, or he will leave Obamacare intact and move on to other agenda items.

More from the Daily Wire on the Trumpcare battle:

Ryan, Trump Prepare To Blame Conservatives. As Always. And They’re Full Of It.

ULTIMATUM: Trump Threatens To Walk Away From Obamacare Repeal