Republicans could stand aside and let Obamacare collapse on its own accord, but that would be "morally wrong," Rep. Tom Cole said Friday.
"It's a very unpopular and very failed system," the Oklahoma Republican told CNN's "New Day" program. "We could sit here and let it collapse on its own and blame the Democrats, that would be the politically astute thing to do, but it's morally wrong."
The Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the House version of the American Health Care Act, said it believes 23 million fewer people will have healthcare coverage over the next decade, if the act stands as is, but Cole said he finds CBO numbers "informative but not definitive."
"Quite often they're wrong, and many of their judgments are, I think, suspect," said Cole, including findings that people will leave their Medicaid coverage rather than keep it.
"At the end of the day, most of these are voluntary decisions," said Cole. "That is not people being kicked off healthcare but deciding that the Obamacare system is not where they want to be."
In addition, Cole said he is not worried much about the act, but that he'll wait and see what the Senate does.
"The Senate will do something different, then we go to conference," said Cole. "So right now it's like pulling up a plant and judging its growth by looking at the roots every day. It doesn't make a lot of sense."
The CBO also found that the act would cause coverage prices for people with preexisting conditions to rise to the point that many could not afford insurance, and Cole also said that assessment is wrong.
"The idea that we're not taking care of preexisting conditions isn't true," said Cole. "It is in the legislation, and frankly, you would need a waiver at the state level. And they have to meet very stringent conditions.
"So I think this is something pulled out of context and exploited for political purposes."
Meanwhile, Cole on Friday said the scrutiny into President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and the Russia investigation are not holding up Congress' schedule.
"We're moving legislatively pretty rapidly," said Cole. "We've actually passed more legislation in this administration than the past previous six presidents. So we're clearly doing things. On the other hand, would you like to be talking about this? No."
He said he applauds Kushner, though, for being forthcoming and offering to testify.
"I'm sure he's cooperating fully," said Cole, "So we hope the investigation proceeds. But at the end of the day we will find out there is not much there in terms of the collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government."
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