Republicans for years have been promising a full repeal of Obamacare, a replacement of Obamacare that better represents the free market, or at the very least, a watering down of Obamacare that doesn’t advance quite so socialist a system.
But for the most part, the vows have fallen on deaf legislative ears because of President Obama and his White House veto-powering position.
Well, those days are coming to an end. And the exit of Obama and incoming of Donald Trump couldn’t have been marked any clearer than by a Republican vote taken just this week, right as Congress headed back to session after the holiday season break.
“The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare,” Vox reported, as noted by Allen B. West.
Yes, you read that right – one of the newly sworn and seated Congress’s first moves was to step toward repeal of the much-hated Obamacare.
From Allen B. West, citing Vox: “Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes “reconciliation instructions” that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered. That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act.”
Well, let the voting begin.
Now passing the budget resolution doesn’t in itself repeal Obamacare. But it’s one step, and an important one, toward repealing the measure this year.
And as Allen B. West wrote, the vote sends an important message, no matter what: “[M]ake no mistake: Congress is already starting to enact his, and the Republican Party’s, agenda and Democrats don’t have the votes to stop it.”
Source: Allen B. West