Tennessee’s lone GOP holdout who maintained he was leaning against voting for the health care bill Friday, says it’s time to work harder to get it right. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, whose district includes Murfreesboro, disliked the Republicans’ bill because he said it didn’t solve enough of the problems of Obamacare.
In a statement, DesJarlais said he appreciates the “President’s commitment to a reform that empowers patients and protects taxpayers.” He added the difficult process has “clarified what must done to lower healthcare costs, expand access and cut taxes and reduce spending.”
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— Scott DesJarlais (@DesJarlaisTN04) March 24, 2017
Tennessee Congressman Chuck Fleischmann had made it clear he thought his party’s healthcare bill was far from perfect, but he had supported it. To the East Tennessee Republican, it was "a step in the right direction.”
Even though it was pulled, Fleischmann says he remains committed to repealing Obamacare and focusing on patient-centered reforms.”
That’s the same kind of marketplace Congressman Marsha Blackburn says she and conservative members of the US House will work to create in future legislation .
The Brentwood Republican hadn’t confirmed she’d be voting for the bill until just hours before the vote was canceled. Now she’s saying she and her colleagues will continue taking feedback from constituents.
Earlier this week, Blackburn unveiled an amended version of the bill, saying changes were made after listening to Americans’ concerns. But many conservative and liberal voters alike expressed continued dissatisfaction.