by WorldTribune Staff, March 28, 2017
Congress doesn’t have to pass Rep. Mo Brooks’s bill to repeal Obamacare in order for the American people to first see what’s in it.
The Alabama Republican, on the same day the House canceled a vote on “Ryancare,” filed a one-sentence repeal bill – the “Obamacare Repeal Act”, AL.com reported.
“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill reads.
Brooks, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, voted “no” on the Obamacare repeal/replace bill offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
In an interview with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow last week, Brooks called Ryan’s bill “a horrible replacement bill,” adding it would have amounted to “the largest Republican welfare program in the history of the Republican Party.”
Brooks challenged his fellow lawmakers to sign the discharge petition that would bring his repeal bill out of committee, where it otherwise could be left to die. Brooks’s bill has no co-sponsors at this point.
“If the American people want to repeal Obamacare, this is their last, best chance during the 115th Congress,” Brooks said. “Those Congressmen who are sincere about repealing Obamacare may prove it by signing the discharge petition.”
“At a minimum, the discharge petition will, like the sun burning away the fog, show American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.”