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Rep. Jordan: House Freedom Caucus Still Favors Full Obamacare Repeal

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:50 PM

The Senate's vote to proceed with debate on Obamacare is a "good step forward toward getting rid of a law that has driven up premiums and been so bad for American families," Rep. Jim Jordan, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, said Wednesday.

"The Senate is going through the same process [as the House]," the Ohio Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program, explaining that the four changes made to the House's version of the bill made it better and brought his caucus around to supporting it.

"If they can't get an agreement on a comprehensive bill, we are all in favor of going back to repeal it first," said Jordan. "The time before that is effective is a year-and-a-half. We have time then to replace it. After all, that's what we told the voters we were going to do."

Jordan said the Freedom Caucus has also started the process in the House to "make an end run around our leadership and bring up a clean repeal legislation as well."

House Republicans talked before President Donald Trump's inauguration about putting a clean repeal bill on his desk, using the same thing that moved onto former President Barack Obama's desk but was rejected.

"We know President Trump would sign it, and then we would have time to put in the replacement," said Jordan. "Maybe, as John McCain has talked about, maybe after we have repealed it we could actually talk with Democrats and come up with a good replacement that helps families across the country. "

But it's frustrating when Republicans like Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would not vote for the beginning of the healthcare debate to start, said Jordan.

"It's frustrating and frustrates the American people so much," said Jordan. "It's okay to vote on and talk about, when it's election time, we won elections in 2010, 2014 and 2016 where this is a central issue in the campaign.

"Now when it comes time to actually do it, when it really counts, somehow they can't find the vote."

In other matters, Jordan said he and other House Republicans on Wednesday will push for a special counsel to look former FBI Director James Comey's actions concerning Hillary Clinton.

"Never forget what he did," said Jordan. "The attorney general of the United States told the FBI director of the United States to go out and mislead the American people, when he was instructed to call the Clinton investigation a matter, not an investigation.

"This is unprecedented . . . He did so willingly, he did so intentionally, he did so at the direction of the United States attorney general."

"The Russians tried to influence the election," said Jordan, and President Barack Obama's attorney general told Comey to mislead the American people on Clinton.

"What was their motive? Because they wanted Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States," said Jordan.

"That is not supposed to happen in a great country like ours. You want to talk about collusion? Think about this. Think about what James Comey did after he was fired."

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