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FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement on the healthcare bill:
“While we’re pleased to see the American Health Care Act move forward, allowing the House the chance to move on to other priorities such as fundamental tax reform, this bill falls short of Republicans’ promises to fully repeal ObamaCare. No one should kid themselves into believing otherwise.
“House conservatives, including the Freedom Caucus, were dealt a tough hand. They were the few members of the House who were ready to stick by their guns and repeal every word of ObamaCare, as almost all members of the conference did in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. Unfortunately, conservatives inside and outside of Congress learned that those past votes didn’t matter, and most House Republicans sought to protect aspects of ObamaCare.
“Aspects of this bill, including the modernization of Medicaid and expansion of HSAs are positives, the drama could have been avoided if House Republican leadership had sought more input from conservatives. The inclusion of the MacArthur-Meadows amendment is a small step in the right direction. FreedomWorks and our activists are working to improve the bill as it moves to the Senate.”