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Rep. Jordan: Lawmakers Should Return, Approve 2015 Repeal Legislation

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By    |   Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017 09:54 AM

Republican lawmakers told voters they would repeal Obamacare, and should pass the legislation they already approved in 2015 to make that happen, Rep. Jim Jordan said Tuesday.

"Let's put the same thing on President [Donald] Trump's desk that we put on President [Barack] Obama's desk," the Ohio Republican told CNN's "New Day" program. 

"It will be a different outcome. President Trump will sign it."

After that happens, then lawmakers can come together and work to replace Obamcare with a plan that deals with key issues and brings down premiums for middle class families, Jordan said.

Jordan said that there are already many "casualties" when it comes to Obamacare and its decline.

"Crawford County, Ohio, a county I get the privilege of representing, has no insurers in the exchange plans right now," said Jordan. "The casualties are what Obamacare has done to premiums for middle class and working class families.

"Casualties is what we currently have. That's what has to change and what the American people elected Republicans to do in 2010, 2014, and of course last November."

Trump, he continued, is right with his call for separate bills on healthcare reform.

"Do the first one, have a wind-down period, and during that period work on the replacement," said Jordan. "Obamacare is driving up the costs and uncertainty right now, not the fact that we haven't done legislation. If you're right, we'll have time to work on as replacement. Let's repeal and replace."

Jordan, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, said its members introduced the repeal legislation during a House debate earlier this spring, and said he thinks it is still a good idea because it fulfills the lawmakers' election promises.

"It's the same thing we passed last Congress," said Jordan. "If it was good enough last Congress — this is what drives American voters crazy — Why isn't it good enough this Congress when it really counts? Let's pass that."

Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday the Senate Republicans' bill would be abandoned in favor of seeking repeal legislation, Jordan said it's not always good to grow conventional wisdom.

"Conventional wisdom would have been the Super Bowl would have been over after three quarters last year, but the Patriots and Tom Brady didn't think that," said Jordan. "Let's call up the vote and see what happens. I think there's a good chance it passes which is exactly what we told the American people we were going to do."

Further, the two-year period between when a repeal measure would be passed and when it would come into effect would mean nothing, would change during that period.

"In that time period then, you now have the catalyst to actually get to the replacement, and I think frankly, you might have the better ability to bring Democrats and Republicans together, like Sen. John McCain and others have talked about," said Jordan.

That would include work on Medicaid, the opioid issues, on bringing down premiums and making interstate shopping for insurance, said Jordan.

"We should talk about all that and try to bring that together, but the main thing I keep coming back to is what did we tell the American people we were going to do?" said Jordan.

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Republican lawmakers told voters they would repeal Obamacare, and should pass the legislation they already approved in 2015 to make that happen, Rep. Jim Jordan said Tuesday.
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