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Rep. David Schweikert should oppose Ryan’s Obamacare-lite

Congressman David Schweikert is a solid conservative and, in just a few years, he’s emerged as one of the Rep. David Schweikertsharper members of Congress. He gets finance, can explain government policy, and is reliable on the issues.

That’s why he’s been a leader in taking on Obamacare.

Here’s the kind of chart that he often sends along to make his points. This looks very interesting – and troubling – for Arizona.

CNN reported recently that Rep. Schweikert is not a firm “no” against the current iteration of the GOP’s current half-hearted Obamacare replacement:

Not every member of the House Freedom Caucus was diametrically opposed to the legislation, however. One member, Rep. David Schweikert, a Republican from Arizona who also sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, said he was supportive of that committee’s portion of the legislation advancing to the next step, but even he noted that right now the House leaders “probably don’t” have the votes to pass their bill through the House.

He noted, however, that many members likely hadn’t even had a chance yet to read through the bill.

“There’s also a lot of members here that are just now probably tonight sitting down for the first time with even the general text,” Schweikert said.

He also made a solid comment after the recent committee vote to advance the bill, setting the stage for a final decision:

“There hasn’t been the old days of let’s do a rah-rah and try to run everyone over,” said Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), a Freedom Caucus member who voted to advance the American Health Care Act in committee. “Remember, one of the reasons we became a group was because we wanted to be able to have a voice. We wanted to be able to have amendments. We wanted to have this.”

Some well-known analytical sites say that Schweikert might be one of the members who can stop this. Others are writing that he will now support Speaker Ryan’s bill.

Let’s ask the tough and important questions now and get the same thoughtful detail from Congressman Schweikert that we are used to getting. Here’s hoping all of that information about the mess of Obamacare he’s shared over the years inspires him to keep his promise to not support measures that do not successfully and smartly repeal and replace the worst health care bill in history.

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