The House healthcare reform bill will need to be "essentially rewritten" and won't proceed as is, Sen. Mike Lee said Wednesday, even before the Congressional Budget Office was expected to release its analysis of the legislation,
"There is not going to be a whole lot about the Senate bill that looks identical to the House bill," the Utah Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"What we do know is that it has to save at least as much money as the House bill does. These are under the budget rules. We know we're moving in a direction that will make healthcare more affordable for the American people."
The costs of policies have risen an average of 105 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to a new report by the Health and Human Services Department, and Lee said it stands to reason that when the government gets involved, prices go "way up."
"Perhaps we should roll back on the federal government's involvement and watch prices go down," he said.
When competition thrives, he continued, prices drop and quality goes up.
The constant drip of news from the White House is not impacting the work lawmakers are doing, Lee said.
"There are other things getting done," Lee said. "It's Washington. There are always other things going on. We can walk and chew gum at the same time."
Like with healthcare, Republicans want to start limiting the scale of the government programs through budget reforms, Lee said, while discussing President Donald Trump's budget blueprint plan.
"What we want are stronger citizens, and when we look at always increasing the size and scope of government, we diminish the power of individual Americans," Lee said.
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