The Beginning of the End for Obamacare
Brad Johnson, Politics Contributor
With a week left in President Obama’s final term as Commander in Chief, House Republicans took direct action against his namesake legislation. By a tally of 277-198, the House passed a resolution that requires four committees to draft a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act by January 27th. The resolution made its way through the Senate on Thursday, by a vote count of 51-49.
Speaker Ryan, when asked, stated that “This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care.” Explaining further, Ryan said “By taking the first step toward repealing Obamacare, we are closer to giving Americans relief from the problems this law has caused.”
Votes on the resolution were almost without exception, split down party lines. Despite the likely irreparable party divide on this issue, House Republicans should not see much difficulty in passing repeal legislation, once drafted. The eventual repeal bill can be passed by a simple majority in the Senate, thus making it filibuster-proof.
Not many details have come out on replacement legislation of Obamacare, but the incoming Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, will likely have a significant say in any bill that appears on the floor.
President-Elect Trump tweeted earlier today, in response to House proceedings, “The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!” It’s a week before Trump takes office, and the first domino of Obama’s remaining legacy has fallen. Expect the repeal and replace legislation to be written, and voted on, sometime in the near future.
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