House conservatives demand Obamacare repeal vote

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February 3, 2017

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A pair of vocal House conservatives urged GOP leaders Thursday to bring an Obamacare repeal bill to the floor immediately, saying it’s what they promised voters who handed them the keys to health reform in the November election.

“That’s what the American people expect us to do — and they expect us to do it quickly,” Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio said.

In late 2015, Republicans in both chambers used a fast-track budget process to pass legislation that guts the Affordable Care Act and defunds Planned Parenthood as punishment for its abortion practice, while avoiding a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

Then-President Barack Obama vetoed the bill, but Republicans are reprising the effort, knowing President Trump will sign it.

Yet Republicans are playing with live rounds now, and repealing Obamacare without an adequate replacement could send shockwaves through the individual insurance market.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    Obamacare should be repealed. The vote can include a phase out time and phase out process.

    Since most insurance works on a calendar year basis the existing policies would probably need to run through the end of 2017. Congress could check with several of the large insurance companies about whether they would be ready to handle an Obamacare-free open enrollment this fall or if we need to give them another year. Either way, the requirement to own health insurance could end this year. The requirement for employers to provide an Obamacare compliant policy could end this year; they could be allowed to revert to their old policies if they choose. Many of the government bureaucracies created by Obamacare could be dismantled this year.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    “Repealing Obamacare without an adequate replacement could send shockwaves through the individual insurance market.”

    This reminds me of an argument around the time of the Civil War. “We can’t end slavery. What would we do with all the former slaves?”

    Sometimes, things which suck just need to end.

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