- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday that the House is “close” to a vote on the new health care bill.

The bill isn’t the full repeal his party promised voters, but it’s a step toward lowering premiums, the Ohio Republican told MSNBC.

“I’m convinced we have made the bill better because we held out on this,” Mr. Jordan said.

“We’re trying to bring back affordable coverage,” he said. “I define success as lowering the premiums so people can choose the plan that fits them and fits their families.”

Mr. Jordan also said on Fox News that there shouldn’t be any exemptions for Congress and that lawmakers need to follow through on their promises of repeal as much as they can now, and continue to make changes to the law over the next year.

“There shouldn’t be special deals for Congress, for goodness’ sake,” he said. “That’s one of the things Americans hate so much. What they also hate is when we told them we were going to deal with this legislation, get rid of Obamacare and we don’t follow through on that.”

Mr. Jordan is a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus. The group prevented the GOP’s last health bill from going to a vote because it felt the bill didn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare. He added that once the bill is out of the House, the Senate will need to work on the legislation further to get closer toward that full repeal.

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