Excerpt From: Breitbart News. Written By: Neil W. McCabe.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus stood with Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) Tuesday to denounce the Obamacare replacement bill supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) and to announce the filing of Paul’s own bill, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio).
“There is one thing that has united Republicans in 2010, when we won the House; in 2014, when we won the Senate; and 2016 when we won the White House,” said Paul, who was flanked by members of the House Freedom Caucus, including the caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R.-N.C.) and Jordan, the previous HFC chairman.
A clean repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), like the bill that every House and Senate Republican voted for in 2015, should not divide Republicans, he said.
Jordan said in order to bring down costs and improve medical care, Congress must repeal Obamacare completely.
The Ohio congressman said the first step is to vote on the 2015 bill.
Paul, who was a practising eye surgeon before his 2010 election to Congress, said in 2017 Republicans are united supporting complete repeal, but they are divided on how, if at all, to replace the 2010 PPACA.
“Conservatives have a replacement plan. House leadership has a replacement plan,” he said. “Vote on all the replacement plans and let’s see what happens.”
Jordan said the plan supported by Ryan and the House Republican leadership is Obamacare in a different form.
“Then, there is our plan,” he said. “It is the one that I think is consistent with what we told the voters we’re going to do: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-centered, patient-centered, and doctor-centered plan that actually brings down the cost of insurance.”
In 2015, Republicans put a bill on President Barack Obama’s desk that repealed Obamacare, got rid of every single tax, and got rid of the mandate, Jordan said. Obama vetoed that bill, which was sponsored by then-Rep. Tom Price (R.-Ga.) — now the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Compare what happened in 2015 with the course that Ryan and the Republican leadership have set out on, Jordan said.
“Now, the first thing that Republicans are bringing forward is a piece of legislation that we are going to put on a Republican president’s desk, that doesn’t repeal it, but keeps Medicaid expansion–and actually expands it–that keeps some of the tax increases. That is not what we promised the American people we would do.”
Meadows said repealing Obamacare meant repealing all of Obamacare, all of the fees, taxes, and mandates.
All Obamacare replacement bills will be subject to scoring by the Congressional Budget Office. “But there is one score that the American people will pay attention to: Does it really lower their health care costs and their premiums? That’s the only score that really matters and if this doesn’t do it, we better find something that does,” according to Meadows.
Paul told reporters that in the House the score that counts is 218 votes.
If the GOP leadership has 218 votes, then they will pass their bill and move on, he said.
If the GOP leadership does not have 218 votes, then they have to find the votes and they will have to talk to conservatives, the senator said.