Virginia Rep. Puts Forth A Move, That May Be The Death Of Obamacare.

The latest iteration of the GOP’s health care bill may have failed in the Senate — with or without John McCain there — but one Republican from Virginia in the lower house thinks he has the solution to the impasse, and it doesn’t involve replacing Obamacare.

In a statement, Rep. Tom Garrett of Virginia, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said that he “took the reins on healthcare replacement in the U.S. House of Representatives by holding a press conference announcing his intent to dismantle Obamacare at its core.”

Garrett announced House Resolution 1436, a clean-repeal bill — which means no replacement — on Wednesday, two days after it became clear the Senate replacement bill would fail.

“I commend both the President and Republican leadership for working to replace the monstrosity that is Obamacare,” Garrett said. “However, we have seen discussions for replacement continue to stall and we must change our approach to reforming healthcare.

“The House should lead with an incremental approach by supporting a clean-repeal bill and then enter into replacement negotiations. As such, I just initiated a seldom-used parliamentary procedure to advance H.R. 1436 through a discharge petition. The overwhelming majority of my Republican colleagues cast their vote in support of this legislation in 2015, and I have faith they will do nothing short of that now.”

According to Garrett’s House website, “(t)he process of a discharge petition requires legislation to have been in Committee for 30 legislative days. Once that criteria is met, it must receive a simple majority of signatures to advance directly to the floor for a vote.

“Today’s resolution, introduced by Rep. Garrett, must sit in committee for 7 legislative days prior to filing of the petition itself.”

This could add a new wrinkle to the Obamacare debate, particularly since President Trump seems to be considering repeal without replace. We’ll certainly see what happens.

H/T Breitbart

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