Virginia Congressman Freedom Caucus member on future of healthcare

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “We’re coming back around as I thought we might and hopefully going to try to get this done right," Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA-5) said.

The Virginia Congressman is ready to try to repeal Obamacare again after last month’s attempt flopped. Garrett is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. President Trump called them out for not getting on board with Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan. Garrett said it was too rushed.

“There were a few sticking points we talked about essential benefits and kind of wanted to hold out for the best plan we could get for the American people. We want to see premiums go down," he added.

Garrett said me he wants to see a new bill by the end of April but any new GOP plan will likely face opposition from Democrats.

“This thing is going in the wrong direction," Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) said.

The North Carolina Congressman wants to see Obamacare stay and said Democrats' fight to save it isn’t over. Butterfield said Democrats are willing to work with Republicans on improving the Affordable Care Act, but repealing it he said is ‘un-American.'

“The health care issue, I’m not going to dodge that because people in the first district care about health care- we have so many thousands of North Carolinians who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act," he added.

With members of Congress currently on recess work on a a new health care bill is at a stand still. But the fight is expected to pick back up in the coming weeks as President Trump has announced he’s not giving up on replacing the ACA. He called it his number one priority.



 
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