The Senate was scheduled to approve a budget resolution by Thursday morning that would begin the process in committee of drafting the details of the repeal legislation – with a January 27 deadline for completing the work and reporting back to the Senate.
So where does the resolution passed by the House on Friday go next?
The US House of Representatives on Friday struck the second blow in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.
Trump said Wednesday he wants to “get health care taken care of in this country”.
“Repeal and replace should take place simultaneously, and this amendment will give the incoming administration more time to outline its priorities”, said Sen. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate.
There are also differences among Republicans about the timing of the Obamacare replacement. The president-elect called for both the repeal and replace efforts to take place at virtually the same time, something Congress is unlikely to be able to do because of lawmaking rules and almost-total Democratic opposition to abandoning the current law.
Trump had been publicly cautioning Republicans for the past week, telling them via Twitter to “be careful” in their health care repeal efforts, which could be politically challenging. Republicans fought the effort tooth and nail and voter opposition to Obamacare helped carry the party to impressive wins in 2010, 2014 and a year ago.
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Senate took a significant procedural step toward repealing Obamacare.
Democrats were better informed than Republicans, with 54 percent of Democrats saying the law had reduced the number of people without insurance, compared to 41 percent of Republicans.
“Let’s just say they just got rid of it, didn’t replace it with anything”.
Health care experts say Congress is still at least a couple of weeks from voting on legislation repealing the law. “I vote no!” Sen.
“Today’s vote puts the wheels in motion for Republicans to provide immediate relief from the disastrous consequences of Obamacare and implement reforms to lower costs, increase choices and expand access to high-quality care”, said Columbus-area GOP Rep. They said Republicans were misleading the public by criticizing the law’s higher costs, pointing out that the rate of growth in prices had actually slowed during the past several years.
The week was full of theatrics as Republicans struggled to fulfill one of their major campaign promises.
But because the repeal bill is part of the budget process, it must hew to budgetary provisions, which throws into question some of the most popular parts of Obamacare – such as allowing young people to remain on parents plans until they are 26 years old or prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage for those with preexisting conditions. “It’s alliterative, but it’s not realistic”, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, said. He said he would oppose the budget because there was too little information about the replacement, including whether people receiving expanded Medicaid coverage or health care subsidies under the existing law would be protected.