Dissatisfied House Freedom Caucus Will Reintroduce Their Own Health Care Bill

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Mar 07, 2017 3:45 PM
Dissatisfied House Freedom Caucus Will Reintroduce Their Own Health Care Bill

The conservative House Freedom Caucus is not satisfied with the GOP’s newly released health care plan. At a press conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the representatives disclosed how they plan to respond.

“You have to get rid of Obamacare completely,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said. The legislation released on Monday does not satisfy that condition.

“The leadership plan is Obamacare in a different form,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, agreeing with his colleague.

Instead of going along with the Republican leadership’s plan, Jordan noted that he will reintroduce the bill every Republican voted for last year: the bill that completely repeals Obamacare. Then, he will introduce separate legislation to replace with a “market centered” model that will bring down premiums.

The House bill was a “missed opportunity” and “a step in the wrong direction,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said.

The White House, however, has praised and defended the GOP's new legislation - although HHS Secretary Tom Price did note it is a work in progress. After meeting with Republicans at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said he is "proud" to support their replacement plan.