Freedom Caucus Slams ObamaCare Replacement, Promises 'Clean Repeal'
Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of some of the most fiscally conservative representatives, held a press conference criticizing the Republican leadership's ObamaCare replacement bill.
They announced they will be re-introducing a "clean repeal" bill tomorrow, which they said received unanimous Republican support last year.
Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) noted that many in Congress will be concerned about "scores" from groups like the Congressional Budget Office and the like.
Meadows said the "only score that matters" is whether Americans find their health care costs and premiums decreasing after the final bill's passage.
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will introduce a clean repeal bill in the Senate, and that Freedom Caucus Member Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) will introduce it in the House.
Jordan said the exact bill the caucus will introduce was on the table last year and received unanimous Republican support.
"We are united on repeal but divided on replacement," Paul commented. "Conservatives have a replacement plan."
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) called the American Health Care Act - the ObamaCare replacement plan released Monday - "a step in the wrong direction."
Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) added that conservatives in Congress are "resolute" to stand for what they see is right.
"We can lower costs without creating a new entitlement," Garrett said, referring to disputed parts of the leadership's plan.