Gov. LePage blasts President Trump's plan to let Obamacare fail, blames Freedom Caucus

"That's about as sensible as go jump off a bridge," LePage said of the GOP's health care plans

By Taylor Link
Published March 29, 2017 5:50PM (EDT)
 (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

A dependable ally of President Donald Trump, Gov. Paul LePage went against the grain Tuesday in a local radio interview, calling the White House's apparent plan to let Obamacare fail insensible.

"Oh, yeah, yeah, so let's keep hurting the American people," LePage said on WVOM Maine radiospotlighted by CNN. "That's about as sensible as go jump off a bridge. That makes no sense. If you are telling people let it fail so the American people can get hurt more and when they get hurt more maybe we'll do something, why don't you go jump off a bridge? That's just about as sensible."

The governor from Maine suggested that the House's failure to pass a health care bill was just a microcosm of the party's general incompetence.

"This wasn't between the two parties," LePage said. "This was within a party. And I'm really disappointed in the Republican Party. I think they can't stay together. One things Democrats do is they hang together. They either hang individually or they hang together. We don't do that. We're a bunch of solo, independent people and you can't run a nation with people being mavericks."

"And to have the Freedom Caucus sit on the sidelines and let the Democrats win. Shame on them," he continued. "I honestly hope every single one gets defeated next year. No difference between a Democrat and a Republican if you hide in the closet."

In Nov. 2017 Maine will have a state referendum on Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act.

Listen to LePage's political musings below, courtesy of CNN KFile:

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