So just now Speaker of the House Paul (Only-one-dissenting-vote) Ryan announced that a resolution has been introduced to repeal Obamacare
“This is the first step toward relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare. This resolution sets the stage for repeal followed by a stable transition to a better health care system. Our goal is to ensure that patients will be in control of their health care and have greater access to quality, affordable coverage. Today we begin to deliver on our promise to the American people.”
Meanwhile, over in the Senate, Mike Enzi has done the same thing.
Republicans are wasting no time in their effort to repeal Obamacare.
Senate Republicans took the first official step toward repealing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law Tuesday afternoon, filing a budget resolution that puts the wheels of overhauling the Affordable Care Act into motion.
The move, coming just hours after the commencement of a new session of Congress, underscored that stripping down Obamacare will be the Republican Party’s top legislative priority under future President Donald Trump.
The Senate debate over the resolution is expected to take multiple days, likely dragging out into next week, according to a Senate GOP source. Democratic lawmakers could also try to slow down the process by proposing numerous amendments.
The budget resolution is the first in a two-part process to repeal Obamacare. It instructs relevant congressional committees to craft a budget reconciliation bill, which will include language repealing major parts of the law.
While this could be another round of Failure Theater, and Heaven knows we saw enough of that the past couple of years, it is a very risky strategy. This is political riding-the-tiger time. Trump ran on repealing Obamacare. A clear plurality of the GOP candidates for House and Senate did the same. If this resolution doesn’t get action there will be hell to pay in 2018.
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