The House just took another major step toward repealing Obamacare

The House just took another major step toward repealing Obamacare

The United States Senate on Thursday took measures to initiate dismantling of the Affordable care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, by asking committees to draft the legislation to repeal President Barack Obama’s health insurance programme.U.S. Rep. John Katko was among nine Republicans to split with the GOP on Friday and vote against a House bill that begins the process of repealing Obamacare.Passage of the budget resolution in both houses completes the first step of what Wired describes as “Republicans’ three-step plan to kill Obamacare”.Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi rebutted Republicans’ claims that the law was a failure.It’s still not clear if a full replacement would be done at the same time or at a later date. President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday the repeal and replacement will happen “essentially simultaneously”.So, the aspects of the health law that can be addressed by these votes include funding for subsidies that allow people in the law’s exchanges to pay for their insurance, Medicaid expansion funding, and more.So it’s a good bet that the provision will survive even if other major parts of Obamacare get tossed out.Republican leaders in Congress will be doing just that: coming up with ways to repeal replace and improve a government-run health care plan that is failing Americans.The Senate will vote on well over 100 amendments to a budgetary resolution in what is called a “vote-a-rama.”Although Congress has not yet specified how it will replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it already is taking steps toward repealing it.Some Republicans have said they’re concerned that the party will repeal the law without having a replacement that enough legislators can agree on ready to go. The House will vote on the resolution Friday.The filibuster-proof bill passed in the Senate and facing the House falls under budget rules that limit what can be included in the measure, meaning Senate Republicans will need to work with Democrats to pass a new bill or several bills reaching 60 votes to fully replace Obamacare. “Putting almost $10 trillion more in debt on the American people’s backs through a budget that never balances is not the way to get there”, said Rand Paul, the only GOP senator to vote agains the measure.The resolution gives the relevant committees until January 27 to come up with their respective repeal proposals, with the goal of getting them to the House floor for voting in early February. For people who have health insurance through the Obamacare system, he said, “The deductibles are so high it doesn’t feel like you’ve got insurance in the first place”.

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