Asked in an interview with the
A few minutes later, he offered a more nuanced response. "I won't say I'm a no, but I'm certainly leaning no and would have a hard time voting for it in its current form," the
DesJarlais' remarks are noteworthy because he is the first Republican in the
DesJarlais made his reservations about the legislation public ahead of
DesJarlais, a member of the conservative
The congressman said his concerns were underscored by a cost analysis released Monday by the nonpartisan
Premiums would start to drop after 2019 and should be around 10 percent lower by around 2026, the budget analysis said. But DesJarlais said Americans hit by high premiums expect relief sooner.
"I don't see where this offers much relief in the near future," he said.
DesJarlais said he also would like to begin winding down the
DesJarlais said he's also concerned that, under about the
Such legislation would require at least 60 votes in the
DesJarlais said negotiations on the bill are still under way and that his concerns may be addressed before the package is put to a vote. But right now, "it doesn't seem like we're that close to passing it in the House," he said.
"It's so important we get this right," DesJarlais said. "Replacing bad legislation with legislation that doesn't solve the problem doesn't get us anywhere."
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