The founder of the conservative Property Freedom Caucus stated the Republican Party cannot compromise on its promise to totally repeal and replace the Cost-effective Care Act known as Obamacare.
"We did not tell the American men and women we're going to repeal it -- except we're going to retain the Medicaid expansion," Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.
"We didn't inform the American men and women we're going to repeal it -- except we're going to hold some of the tax increases that some are speaking about. We told them we were going to repeal it and replace it with a industry-centered, patient-centered strategy that truly brings back affordable health insurance coverage," Jordan stated.
Stephanopoulos asked Jordan to respond to Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Jordan's residence state, who appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" and mentioned, "I consider there are some really conservative Republicans in the Property who are going to say just get rid of the complete point. And, you know, that is not acceptable when you have 20 million men and women, or 700,000 persons in my state. Since where do the mentally ill go? Exactly where do the drug-addicted go?"
"Sounds like he's talking about you. What's your answer to your governor?" Stephanopoulos asked Jordan.
"Keep in mind what the American folks were sold," Jordan said. "They had been sold a bill of goods on this thing. I tell persons, they were sold a Caribbean cruise and they got the Titanic."
Obamacare has "all these mandates, all these regulations," he continued. "If [men and women] don't purchase it, they are going to get penalized ... That is what Americans are living beneath now."
Jordan mentioned the GOP-led Congress should really "place on President Trump's desk the exact same strategy we put on President Obama's desk just a year and a half ago."
"And you are confident you have the votes for that?" Stephanopoulos asked.
"We better have the votes for that because that's what we told the people, and I am confident President Trump desires to do that," Jordan mentioned.
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