VIA| The Senate is going to vote on legislation this week which will officially repeal Obamacare! This would be a serious blow for President Barack Obama and Democrat members of Congress, as it’s the strongest anti-Obamacare legislation ever brought for a full vote.
It will repeal the individual mandate, roll back the law’s taxes, and remove the regulations that are causing insurance companies such as United Healthcare from pulling out of healthcare co-ops entirely.
The Senate, for the first time, is voting for the FULL repeal on Obamacare… which the House will support. This is incredible!
Though destined for a swift veto, the GOP views the fast-track process as a test run for the real thing in 2017, when it hopes to scrap the health law with a Republican president and a slim majority in the Senate.
Party leaders also said the bill, while doomed, fulfills a promise they made to voters who handed them control of Capitol Hill in last year’s mid-term elections.
“Are we doing this for partisan reasons? I would say no, absolutely not,” Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said. “What we are doing is listening to our constituents, who’ve told us that they’ve had one bad experience after another with Obamacare.”
Republicans are using a budget process known as “reconciliation” that allows them to pass a revenue-related bill by a majority vote, without having to overcome Democratic-led filibusters that have doomed every previous Obamacare repeal.
The bill also strips federal funding from Planned Parenthood for one year in the wake of videos showing organization officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts.
A final vote was expected late Thursday after the Senate first dealt with a series of amendments, including one from Republicans that would restore health plans that consumers lost when the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 — a direct rebuke to Mr. Obama’s flawed promise that people who liked their plans could keep them under his law.
Democrats will try to extract a political price along the way. They hope to force votes on women’s health and gun-control measures in the wake of two mass shootings — one at a Colorado branch of Planned Parenthood that killed three, and the other at a holiday party in California that killed 14.
“Democrats are focused on doing something to stop the gun violence, and we will force amendment votes to that end today,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said. “We are going to vote on expanded background checks. We are going to vote to prevent criminals convicted of harassing women’s health clinics from owning weapons. Shouldn’t we do that at least?”
Though the provisions won’t become law, the roll call will allow Democrats to run 2016 campaign ads attacking vulnerable Senate Republicans for how they voted.
via Washington Times
While a Veto is certainly expected, putting Democrats on record as voting against complete repeal is essential for the next election. However, this law needs to be fought in the courts and shut down before it destroys more of the American economy.