Fleischmann, DesJarlais vote in support of repeal and replace of ACA by House

By BRIAN GRAVES brian.graves@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 5/5/17

Both of Bradley County’s U.S. congressmen voted in favor of the Republican “American Health Care Act” during Thursday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The vote, which …

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Fleischmann, DesJarlais vote in support of repeal and replace of ACA by House

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Both of Bradley County’s U.S. congressmen voted in favor of the Republican “American Health Care Act” during Thursday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The vote, which was mainly among party lines, was 217-213, giving the GOP a one-vote margin of victory for passage.

Despite the momentum going into Thursday’s vote, 20 of the House Republicans voted against the measure.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-3rd District) and Scott DesJarlais (R-4th District) cast their votes in favor of the act.

“For far too long, Obamacare has hurt American families by not keeping its promises of lowering costs, while increasing patient choice. That is why I voted in favor of the American Healthcare Act,” Fleischman said in a statement shortly after the vote.

“This bill will reduce premiums, stabilize the market, and ensure patient choice. While there is more work ahead to rebuild our broken healthcare system, passing this legislation was a critical first step. I look forward to collaborating with my Senate colleagues to give the American people the healthcare they deserve.”

DesJarlais, who himself is a physician, had told the Cleveland Daily Banner in February he expected passage of a plan to happen by April or May.

“We’re helping President Trump to fulfill his promise to the American people, suffering under Obamacare,” DesJarlais (TN-04) said. “In Tennessee, my constituents have it especially bad. Health care costs are skyrocketing, and many have no choice of coverage at all.”

“Allowing Obamacare to stand is not an option, and I’m glad we were able to strike the worst of its regulations from the first version of this legislation. Now it’s time for the Senate to do its work and help us deliver the President a bill to sign. Millions of people across the country have been waiting for relief since Obamacare took effect.”

As both congressmen noted, the bill will still have to go through the U.S. Senate where support among the GOP members has been publicly timid, with suggestions that body may rewrite the bill before it goes through the reconciliation process with the House.

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