Jordan 'fighting' to repeal Obamacare — not worried about party in-fighting

Cary Ashby • Apr 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is most concerned about doing the will of his voters, not the recent national Republican in-fighting.

“What I’m concerned about is making sure that my colleagues and I do what we told voters we would do when they elected us to represent them. We told them we would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a better plan. I’m fighting to do that,” Jordan told the Reflector via his spokesman, Darin Miller.

Jordan, who represents the 4th District, is part of the Freedom Caucus. According to politico.com, President Donald Trump has waged an ongoing battle with leaders and members of the hard-line Freedom Caucus following the failed defeat of the American Health Care Act. Trump and and Speaker Paul Ryan backed the bill aimed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

“The Freedom Caucus is a group of conservative and libertarian-minded Republicans who are focused on doing what we told voters we would do. Too often big government and special interests (try) to get together and create policies that help those at the top, but forget about everyday Americans. The job of the Freedom Caucus is to remember those everyday Americans and represent them in Washington,” Jordan’s spokesman said.

Trump has blamed caucus members including Jordan, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, as well as Democrats, after the fight against the American Health Care Act was pulled as a result of the lack of lawmakers’ support.

Dan Scavino Jr., director of social media and senior White House adviser, has urged a primary challenge against Amash, a House Freedom Caucus member, prompting charges that he may have violated federal law against using his official position to sway an election campaign.

Scavino tweeted that Amash is a "big liability" for his state and encouraged a GOP primary opponent to oust him in 2018.

“.@realDonaldTrump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. @justinamash is a big liability. #TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary,” Scavino wrote.

Jordan was asked for his response to the issues that Scavino and Painter are addressing.

“Tweets and attacks and threats don’t change facts: The fact is, the American Health Care Act in its present form does not repeal Obamacare and it does not bring down premiums for ordinary Americans. That’s what I’m focused on,” he said via his spokesman.

Scavino’s tweet, sent from his personal Twitter account, immediately landed him in controversy. Politico.com reported that ethics lawyers called out Scavino for possibly violating the Hatch Act, a Depression-era law that regulates campaigning by government officials.

“Look at the official photo on this page. Read the Hatch Act and fire this man NOW. Someone call OSC,” wrote Richard Painter, a former ethics attorney in the George W. Bush White House, on Twitter.

Painter was referring to the Office of Special Counsel, the independent agency charged with monitoring and enforcing the law.

Amash responded to Scavino on Saturday afternoon, saying: “Trump admin & Establishment have merged into #Trumpstablishment. Same old agenda: Attack conservatives, libertarians & independent thinkers.”

More than an hour later, he tweeted a link to a fundraising site: “Bring it on. I'll always stand up for liberty, the Constitution & Americans of every background. You can help here: https://causes.anedot.com/justin-amash.”

Amash, a four-term congressman, hit back at Trump this past week after the president criticized the Freedom Caucus.

“It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment,” Amash tweeted.

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