- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rep. Morgan Griffith, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Thursday he plans to vote yes on the American Health Care Act but that proponents are still more than just a handful of votes short of securing passage.

“I respect my friends in the Freedom Caucus for trying to get everything they can, but when push comes to shove, we have to repeal Obamacare,” Mr. Griffith, Virginia Republican, told radio host John Fredericks.

“And does this get rid of every aspect of it? No. Does it get rid of a lot of it? Yes,” he said.

Mr. Griffith sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which recently advanced the legislation along party lines, so his support for the bill isn’t necessarily a shock.

But it’s one less vote that leadership has to worry about, and his position is an indication that opposition is not completely uniform among the Freedom Caucus’s two dozen to three dozen members.

However, Mr. Griffith said if the vote was held Thursday morning without additional amendments, the bill probably wouldn’t pass.

He said he thinks proponents are more than a handful of votes short and that opposition is not limited only to the House’s most conservative members.

“There’s a fair number of folks who are no who are not members of the Freedom Caucus,” he said.

“You’ve got, I think, maybe another 15 out there who are ‘nos’ that have their own reasoning and their own amendments they would like to have,” he said.

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