(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, told “Fox News Sunday” that instead of voting for the House version of Obamacare repeal and replace, House Republicans should use the budget reconciliation plan to pass a clean repeal of Obamacare, and Jordan believes President Donald Trump will sign it.
“The problem is, then you’re going to need 60 votes to do a lot of things that the ObamaCare repeal and replace plan does to maintain health care coverage for the sum of the millions of people in danger of losing it. Wouldn’t you create chaos for a lot of those people?” Fox News host Chris Wallace asked.
“No, the effective date for that is two years out. It’s the same thing we put on President Obama’s desk, Chris. Why not put that on President Trump’s desk? We think we’re going to get a different outcome. We believe President Trump will sign it,” Jordan said.
“Understand the speaker’s plan doesn’t repeal Obamacare. Even Charles Krauthammer said that, called it Obamacare-light, as you said earlier. It doesn’t bring down premiums, and it doesn’t unite Republicans,” he said.
“So, why not do what we all voted for just 15 months ago, clean repeal, and then get focused and build some momentum to actually replace Obamacare with something that’s going to bring down costs?” Jordan added.
Wallace said the problem with that plan is that to replace Obamacare, House Republicans would need 60 votes – eight Democrats – “and you’re not going to get them.”
“Yes, and — well, the speaker’s plan is the same thing. It talks about things we have to do in phase three that you have you’re going to need more votes for it,” Jordan said.
“And if we want to put more in this first reconciliation bill, actually get after the insurance regulations that we think are driving up the cost for working-class families and middle-class families, then let’s do that, and we can challenge the Senate and take that to the Senate, and maybe have a ruling with a parliamentarian there, but we can do it that way as well,” he said.
“The key is let’s do what we told the voters we were going to do. Let’s repeal Obamacare, not create some different form of Obamacare,” Jordan added.