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Garrett files health care petition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, has announced his intent to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Tom Garrett

According to a press release, more than a dozen members from the House Freedom Caucus joined Garrett in calling for an end to the attempts for omnibus legislation by first supporting a clean-repeal of what he termed the flawed legislation.

“Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have repeatedly stated the best path to meaningful health care legislation revolves around a standalone repeal with the designation for a future replacement date set,” officials said in a release. “In 2015, the House decisively passed a bill repealing Obamacare.”

Garrett addressed the ongoing health care debate.

“I commend both the president and Republican leadership for working to replace the monstrosity that is Obamacare,” Garrett said. “However, we have seen discussions for replacement continue to stall and we must change our approach to reforming health care.”

Garrett said he initiated a seldom-used parliamentary procedure to advance H.R. 1436 through a discharge petition.

“The overwhelming majority of my Republican colleagues cast their vote in support of this legislation in 2015, and I have faith they will do nothing short of that now,” Garrett said.