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Rep. Jim Jordan on CBO Report 'It Is What It Is'

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 March 2017 01:38 PM EDT

Rep. Jim Jordan said Tuesday he continues to oppose the American Health Care Act for many reasons, not only because of a negative report from the Congressional Budget Office.

"I don't put a whole lot of weight [on] the CBO report," the Ohio Republican, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus," told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" show. "It is what it is."

Instead, there are several major reasons that every major conservative organization is opposed to the the legislation, Jordan said.

"We've been working with the White House all along," Jordan said. "We have a list of changes we think need to be made to fix this bill. This bill doesn't repeal Obamacare. We're focused on bringing back affordable insurance for working class and middle class families. This bill doesn't accomplish that. We're making sure it does."

In addition to conservative organizations opposing the bill, "every conservative healthcare policy expert I talked to has concerns with this legislation," said Jordan. "Five conservative senators have problems with this legislation. A bunch of us conservatives in the House don't like this legislation. It has got problems."

The main sticking point for Jordan is the matter of clean repeal, but falling short of that, he said Tuesday that he and other conservatives are working to get House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to a place where they can work with it.

"It would help if we were able to amend and change it," said Jordan. "This bill was rolled out six days ago, went through committee, and no amendments were allowed to happen. That is not a fair process. Let's have a fair process to make changes that will accomplish what I just described. Unite Republicans and actually repeal Obamacare and bring down costs for working class families."

As is, the legislation does not do what voters were told would happen.

"We didn't tell the voters we would repeal Obamacare but keep a bunch of taxes for extra years and bring back the Cadillac tax," said Jordan. "We didn't tell them we would repeal Obamacare and extend it for seven years. We didn't tell them we would provide insurance subsidies in the bill, even though the mandate was gone."

The bill will next be in the House Budget Committee, but Jordan said he is not a member.

"We'll see if they take amendments," said Jordan, but he's not sure the committee will, as he doesn't know if it's allowed to.

"It will come to the floor next week," the lawmaker said. "That is the plan. We would like to offer amendments that would make he it consistent what we told the voters we were going to do. We'll see what happens next week."

Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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Rep. Jim Jordan said Tuesday he continues to oppose the American Health Care Act for many reasons, not only because of a negative report from the Congressional Budget Office.
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