Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashObamaCare gets new lease on life Top Republican: The healthcare bill is dead House GOP abandons ObamaCare repeal effort in stunning defeat MORE (R-Mich.) slammed the House's healthcare plan on Monday, saying he doesn’t remember a more “universally detested piece of legislation” since he became a congressman.
While I've been in Congress, I can't recall a more universally detested piece of legislation than this GOP health care bill.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 20, 2017
Amash, who was first elected in 2010, said the Republican proposal does not do enough to repeal and replace ObamaCare. He has repeatedly bashed the proposal on Twitter, calling it a “disaster.”
Who wants a health care bill that repackages Obamacare and avoids meaningful reforms? Not the millions of people we represent at home.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 17, 2017
Absolutely not true that conservatives have flipped to yes on the health care bill. It doesn't repeal Obamacare. It remains a disaster.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 17, 2017
Amash, in an interview last week, slammed the healthcare legislation as breaking President Trump’s promise to fully repeal ObamaCare.
“This bill not only breaks that commitment but also avoids meaningful reforms to improve healthcare for all Americans,” Amash told Huffington Post late last week.
Amash is among the 17 House Republicans who have said they will vote against the healthcare bill in its current form, according to The Hill's Whip List. GOP leaders cannot afford more than 21 defections and have the bill pass, assuming Democrats are united in opposition.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan aides: President 'clear' his tweet had nothing to do with Ryan Lawmakers signal fight for healthcare reform is not over Cotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare MORE (R-Wis.) is working with the White House on changes to the bill intended to bring more Republicans on board.
The House could vote Thursday on the legislation.