(CNS News) When asked if Congress had enough votes to pass a repeal of Obamacare, Rep. Matthew Gaetz (R-Fla.) said we should “call the bluffs” of Republicans who passed a repeal of Obamacare in 2016, but today say “now that we could actually get it done, I find myself wringing my hands, wetting the bed, and hiding under a table somewhere.”
At the Conversations with Conservatives discussion in the Rayburn House Office Building on Thursday, several conservative House members voiced their support of putting a full repeal of Obamacare up for vote and criticized Republicans for not following up on their campaign promise to repeal it.
A reporter asked, “I want to go back to what Congressmen Biggs said about the idea of outright repeal of the Afford Care Act. The president mentioned that as an alternative plan now before the Senate. It really did not come as much as a surprise, because they voted for this before and the House voted for it before.
“My question is twofold. One: Is there the votes in the House to actually have outright repeal, period? And two: What do you say when you get the very predictable charge from Democrats, almost certain, ‘people will lose their healthcare’?”
Freshman Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) answered, “Well, my position is real simple. I don’t think Mr. Gaetz or I have ever had the chance to vote on an absolute repeal, number one. Number two, you don’t know whether there’s the votes there because it never got put up here…”