Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz voted against the GOP health care bill on Thursday.
Gaetz voted for the House GOP’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but he said Thursday that he did not support the bill’s overall plan to cut spending on Medicaid, Medicare and other entitlement programs.
“I did not vote for the overall bill,” Gaetz said in a statement.
“I voted against reducing Medicaid spending and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
I did not have time to read all of the bills that have been released.””
As we move forward on the final details of this bill, we should be careful to preserve the ability of states to experiment with the Medicaid program, and make sure the federal government does not have any incentive to change it,” he added.
Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to allow states to decide whether to expand Medicaid, but Republicans say that would cost millions of Americans their insurance.
Republicans have said that the AHCA will save Americans billions of dollars, and they’re looking to make a deal with Democrats to save the AHC in the Senate.
On Thursday, Gaetz was the second member of Congress to vote against the House bill.
He was the first member of the Senate to oppose the bill on Tuesday.