ICYMI: Freedom Caucus Members Launch Petition to Force Floor Vote on Obamacare Repeal, with 2-Year Delay on Implementation
Washington, D.C. – During Friday’s pro forma session, a petition to discharge H.Res 458, a clean repeal of Obamacare, became live for Members of Congress to sign onto. Freedom Caucus members Jim Jordan (R-OH), Tom Garrett (R-VA), and Scott Perry (R-PA) were on the House floor to sign the petition. In the coming weeks, members of the Freedom Caucus will encourage their House colleagues to sign the petition, which will force a vote on the repeal of the same Obamacare language that already passed Congress in 2016.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said: “It’s critical that we keep our promise to the American people and repeal Obamacare and replace it with a policy that works for American families. We cannot drag this process out any longer. This bill – with a two-year delay on implementation of repeal – will force Congress to come together on a replacement bill. President Trump is eager to sign repeal and replace, it’s time we get to work and send both to his desk.”
“We make this job too difficult. We need to do what we told the voters we were going to do. There’s no reason we should send less on repeal to President Trump’s desk than we sent to President Obama’s. Now is the time for Members of Congress to put on the record whether they’re truly for repeal of Obamacare.” –Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said.
“Ten months ago, the American People elected a President and Congress that promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For 7 years, we’ve watched premiums skyrocket, choices dwindle and the cost of care increase exponentially under this “big government” approach. Doing nothing isn’t an option. The proposal we are offering passed unanimously in 2015. Now is not the time to shrink back, but to make good on the promises we made to the American people. I encourage my colleagues in the House and the Senate to move this legislation without delay." -Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) said.
“In life, you can fight or quit. Keep your word or break it. I will fight. I will keep my word. This petition is open to all who think that Obamacare is broken. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama said it had problems and was crazy. This petition invites Democrats to the table and allows Republicans to keep their word.” –Congressman Tom Garrett (R-VA) said.