Roe backs Trump to repeal Obamacare

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe tells the Johnson City Press that he is backing Donald Trump for president because he wants to repeal Obamacare despite misgivings on some other things.

“If Trump is elected, it means I’ve got a chance,” Roe said during a visit to the Johnson City Press about the congressman’s continuing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “If Hillary (Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee) is elected, I have no chance.”

Roe has never met Trump, but he and a group of House members are scheduled to sit down with outspoken and often disparaged nominee July 7. He also said most people, including 85 percent of District 1 residents, feel the country is headed in the wrong direction and desperately needs change.

“If Trump does get elected, you probably won’t see me for six months,” Roe said. “I’ve learned if you’ve got big policies, you’ve got to hit the ground running.”

Trump’s big policy wants include building a wall on the Mexican Border, halting Muslim immigration, repealing Obamacare, growing the military and taking very tough stances on foreign trade.

Roe, who praised Trump’s business success, also said he was concerned that Trump has not yet realized how difficult it actually is to introduce and pass legislation, especially for the above-mentioned items.

“I’m concerned that he is not being specific enough about how to implement his plans as policies,” Roe said. “Mr. Trump needs to understand the Speaker of the House (Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan) decides what comes and goes on the docket.”

Roe also talked about Trump’s effort to stifle Muslim immigration, the recent tragedy in Orlando and gun control.

“I disagree with Trump’s use of a religious test to get into the country, but I still support thoroughly vetting immigrants.”