Gohmert: ObamaCare Replacement Bill Was 'Based on a Lie'
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on "Fox & Friends" the premise behind part of the failed ObamaCare replacement bill was "based on a lie."
He added that President Trump was also told the alleged "lie."
Gohmert said that he and his fellow House Freedom Caucus members were told that language repealing ObamaCare's 'essential health benefits' and regulations could not be included in the House bill because it would endanger the ability to pass the replacement with just a simple Senate majority.
Under 'the Byrd Rule', named for former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia), a bill can be passed with a simple majority under 'reconciliation' if it does not substantially add to the 10-year deficit outlook or is considered an "extraneous" matter.
"This bill that they were bringing before us was based on a lie," Gohmert said, adding that he wasn't sure where the lie originated.
Gohmert said the Freedom Caucus was told that conservatives' ObamaCare repeal measures fall under the Byrd Rule, and Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, could rule to strip those parts of the bill before a vote.
If that were the case, the bill could be a "replacement" but not a full repeal, because Republicans do not have a 60-vote Senate plurality to pass a repeal that would fall outside such 'reconciliation' rules.
He added that he was told he could not check with the parliamentarian before passing the bill in the House.
Gohmert said that Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) later spoke with MacDonough's office about the claims that a repeal measure could not be added to the House bill under the 'reconciliation' rules and was told otherwise.
"The parliamentarian never rules. They told the president that too," Gohmert said.
Clayton Morris asked whether Gohmert believed Paul Ryan can continue as House speaker.
"I don't know," Gohmert said, reiterating that the process was a "disastrous mistake."