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House conservatives seek to bypass Speaker Ryan on Obamacare repeal

At least they’re doing something to advance a major agenda item pushed for many years by Republicans

(National SentinelCongress: House conservatives have had enough of lousy Republican leadership and RINOs who really don’t want to repeal Obamacare, so they’re moving on their own, and that includes bypassing the hapless speaker, Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

As reported by Breitbart News, Rep. Tom Garrett and a dozen other members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said he will file a discharge petition to bring a clean repeal of Obamacare to the floor, thereby putting the RINOs on record as now opposing a piece of legislation they claimed to support for the past seven years:

The House Freedom Caucus repeatedly argued that the best path to repealing Obamacare revolves around a simple repeal of Obamacare and then replacing the Affordable Care Act with a free-market alternative.

Congress passed a clean repeal bill of Obamacare in 2015 only to have it vetoed by President Obama. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a former chairman of the Freedom Caucus, reintroduced the same legislation in 2017. However, Congress has not taken up that legislation.

Now, it’s time to get that clean repeal measure back up for a vote, said Garrett.

“I commend both the President and Republican leadership for working to replace the monstrosity that is Obamacare. However, we have seen discussions for replacement continue to stall and we must change our approach to reforming healthcare,” he said.

“The House should lead with an incremental approach by supporting a clean-repeal bill and then enter into replacement negotiations,” he noted further. “As such, I just initiated a seldom-used parliamentary procedure to advance H.R. 1436 through a discharge petition. The overwhelming majority of my Republican colleagues cast their vote in support of this legislation in 2015, and I have faith they will do nothing short of that now.”

Garrett’s faith may be misguided, but we’ll see. At least he’s doing something to advance a major agenda item pushed for many years by Republicans and echoed by President Donald J. Trump on the campaign trail last year.

What’s notable here is that this petition is being introduced by a rank-and-file GOP member, and not the Speaker of the House. That should tell you something about the Republican leadership’s real intent regarding Obamacare — which can only be two things: 1) They really don’t believe that Americans should have the freedom to decide, along with health providers and insurers, what care and care plans are best for them; or 2) They will do anything to deny Trump any major legislative victories, period.

Talk show legend Rush Limbaugh thinks it’s the latter. We agree.

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