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Rep. Jim Jordan: Freedom Caucus Saved Americans From a 'Bad Bill'

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By    |   Monday, 27 Mar 2017 01:20 PM

Members of the Freedom Caucus "saved the American people from a bad bill" with their opposition to the American Health Care Act, and it's time to work on repealing Obamacare rather than pointing fingers, Rep. Jim Jordan said Monday.

"If anyone should be cheering, it should be the American people," the Ohio Republican, a founding member of the conservative caucus, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. 

"Only 17 percent of the country approved the legislation . . . let's get back to work and do what American people sent us to do which is repeal the law."

The one thing that would get the Freedom Caucus to cast yes votes would be a separate piece of legislation to repeal Obamacare.

"That's what we thought we'd do," said Jordan. "We were talking about it on Inauguration Day, having the president sign the repeal."

Jordan said the Freedom Caucus' text for a repeal and replace bill was out before the GOP leadership's legislation, which he called bad policy, leading to bad politics that was developed behind closed doors.

"It was hidden away," he said, with "no hearings where you had actual witnesses, no amendments allowed, and when you have that kind of process, you don't get good policy. When it was stopped and postponed that's good for the country because it would keep the Obamacare structure in place."

Further, said Jordan, there is still time to repeal and replace Obamacare, rather than fix it, as "That's what we told voters we'd do in the 2010 and 2014 election."

Jordan would not discuss a report that the Freedom Caucus had a pact to stick together against the AHCA, as he wouldn't talk about what is discussed in private meetings. Jordan did admit that "we talked amongst each other and said look, nothing wrong with circling back up as a group. We always do that and we'll do that on important legislation like this one."

Jordan also discussed fellow founding member Rep. Ted Poe's decision to step down, saying he respects him as a "good guy," but disagreed with him that caucus members should have said yes to the bill.

"The facts don't change," said Jordan. "The legislation didn't repeal Obamacare. It was Obamacare lite."

He also said he does not believe the matter of repealing Obamacare will move to the sidelines now that the AHCA is over.

"I think we will repeal it because that's what we told the American people we'd do, and they sent us here to do that," said Jordan. "I'm for getting back together and putting a piece of legislation together that repeals it, brings down premiums, and gets more than 17 percent of the country behind it."

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Members of the Freedom Caucus "saved the American people from a bad bill" with their opposition to the American Health Care Act, and it's time to work on repealing Obamacare rather than pointing fingers, Rep. Jim Jordan said Monday.
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