Congress Sends Obamacare Repeal Bill to White House
Today, the House of Representative passed a bill that would repeal most of the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions. This is the same bill the Senate passed in December. Having both bodies of congress pass the bill means the measure now goes to the White House – However we are 100% sure the Bill will end there, As the President has already promised to veto it.
Obvioulsy this is not a surprise. There’s zero probability President Obama would sign a bill wiping out his signature domestic policy achievement. The Bill was voted in the House 240-181 Republicans boasted of a signal achievement, saying they were forcing Obama to face up to the failures of his law while illustrating the stark political choices voters face. “We are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth,” said Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. “Obamacare doesn’t work.”
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California predicted that a Republican president will be in the White House next year and Congress will pass the repeal legislation again, “but we won’t have to worry about a veto from the White House.”
For maximum visibility Republican leaders made the legislation, which also cuts federal funding for Planned Parenthood, their first major vote of 2016. Although they don’t command sufficient votes to override a presidential veto, they hope to schedule the override vote to coincide with the Jan. 22 March for Life in Washington commemorating the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Ryan hedged when asked whether the House will ever vote on a GOP replacement to Obamacare. Ryan has pledged that the House will come up with its own plan this year, something the GOP has repeatedly promised but failed to do in the nearly six years since the law’s enactment. But he said details such as whether this plan will actually come to a vote have not been determined.
“Nothing’s been decided yet,” Ryan said. “Just wait.”
Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the repeal bill: Reps. Robert Dold of Illinois, and Richard Hanna and John Katko of New York. One Democrat voted for it: Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
The bill would dismantle the health law’s key pillars, including requirements that most people obtain coverage and larger employers offer it to workers.It would eliminate the expansion of Medicaid coverage to additional lower-income people and the government’s subsidies for many who buy policies on newly created insurance marketplaces. And it would end taxes the law imposed to cover its costs.