GOP rep on ObamaCare replacement plan: 'This bill is not it'

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) voiced his opposition to GOP leadership's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare Thursday, saying it doesn't go far enough.

"The time is now, the time is today — we need to make sure that we repeal and replace ObamaCare. But this bill is not it," the lawmaker said in an interview with CNN.

Labrador maintained that the GOP's American Health Care Act that advanced through a pair of House committees on Thursday merely "amends" former President Obama's Affordable Care Act.


"The first line of this bill says that this bill amends the Affordable Care Act. So its not a repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act — it's just an amendment to the Affordable Care Act," he said.

Labrador did not withhold criticism from the leaders of the Republican Party, stating that he is "surprised and disappointed" by their decision to back the current legislation.

"So I think we can go much further than what leadership wants us to go. I think we can actually have real reforms in this bill," he said.

"I am just surprised and disappointed that our leadership has decided to just go a tenth of the way as opposed to all the way."