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ICYMI: Jordan joins Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

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Lima, March 26, 2017 | Darin Miller (202-225-2676) | comments

Congressman Jim Jordan joined Chris Wallace this morning on Fox News Sunday to discuss the American Health Care Act.

During the interview, Rep. Jordan said:

"Instead of doing the blame game, let’s get to work. Let's do the responsible thing. Let’s get back to work and do what we told the voters we were going to do. Remember this bill, 17 percent of the country approved of this bill. Maybe the fact that we opposed it, we did the country a favor because this bill didn’t repeal Obamacare. This bill didn’t do what we told the American people we were going to do. So, let’s be responsible, let’s get back to work and do what we told the American people we were going to accomplish, which is repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered healthcare program.


“Did the bill repeal Obamacare? No. Even Krauthammer said it didn’t. ... He called it Obamacare-lite. Not me. ... Did it bring down premiums? No. Even the CBO said premiums are going to continue to rise for the foreseeable future, for at least three years. ... And did it unite the Republican Party? Of course it didn’t. We saw every major conservative organization in the country oppose this. You saw conservatives and frankly moderates in the House and Senate oppose this legislation. So, it didn’t unite our party.

“There’s been talk about moving the goalposts. You know when the goalposts were moved? When they didn’t start with the legislation we all voted for 15 months ago, the same bill I introduced two weeks ago, which said, let’s do clean repeal in one piece of legislation, and then let’s do a separate piece of legislation to replace Obamacare with patient-centered healthcare. … We were consistent all along. We want those regulations and mandates placed on that industry that drove up the cost of insurance, we want those to go so that premiums actually come down.


“The left always defines success as signing people up for Obamacare, signing people up for Medicaid. Conservatives say, no, no, a better approach is to get back to market-oriented healthcare. Let’s bring down the cost of premiums so that middle-class people will be able to afford a plan in the private sector that actually fits their families’ needs, not some one-size-fits-all mandate from Washington. That's the difference, and that’s what our plan would have accomplished.


“What’s good about Obamacare, which has driven up the cost of insurance for every single family across the country? What’s good about that? That’s what we’re trying to change. That’s what the election in 2010 was about, Chris, that’s what the election in 2014 was about, and in large part, the election on November 8, 2016, was about getting rid of this law that has driven up the cost of insurance for every single working-class and middle-class family across this country. That’s what we’re focused on doing. And until you go after those regulations that drive up those costs, you will not solve the problem. This bill didn’t do it. And that’s why ... 17 percent of the country approved of the legislation.


“Chris, this is real simple, do it the way we told the American people. This bill didn’t do that. So let’s do tax reform like we told the American people we were going to. Let’s make sure we actually secure the border, build the wall, like we told the American people we were going to. We make this job way too complicated. Do what we told the people we were going to do. That’s what … the Freedom Caucus was created to do. … We’re happy to get to yes if it’s accomplishing what the American people sent us here to accomplish.”

VIDEO of the interview:

TRANSCRIPT of the interview:


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