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    Republicans Begin to Unite Around Obamacare Repeal Plan


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    Republicans Begin to Unite Around Obamacare Repeal Plan

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:42 am

    Republicans Begin to Unite Around Obamacare Repeal Plan

    House and Senate budget leaders, along with conservative lawmakers, are beginning to unite around a proposal that would avoid a filibuster from Senate Democrats and put a bill repealing key provisions of Obamacare on President-elect Donald Trump’s desk not long after his inauguration—a bill that is likely to earn his signature.

    Republicans’ talks of repealing the Affordable Care Act became a possibility following Trump’s victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton last week.

    In the days following the election, scholars and lawmakers began floating plans to unravel the health care law.

    But now, House and Senate budget leaders have endorsed a proposal that involves Congress passing two budget resolutions—one for 2017 and one for 2018—early next year, the first of which would instruct lawmakers to use a budget tool called “reconciliation” to dismantle the health care law.

    Under reconciliation, legislation under consideration by the Senate needs just a simple majority, 51 votes, to pass, blocking a filibuster by Senate Democrats.

    Because Congress failed to pass a budget resolution for 2017—a proposal [url=javascript:void(0)]stalled[/url] in the House—budget experts say Republicans could pass a revamped fiscal roadmap for next year, one that includes reconciliation instructions for Obamacare’s repeal.

    To ease the transition for consumers, that reconciliation bill would likely have a delayed enactment date to give congressional Republicans time to craft and pass a replacement plan.

    After passing a budget resolution for 2017, GOP lawmakers could then craft a second budget resolution for 2018, which could also include reconciliation instructions to tackle another legislative priority, such as an overhaul of the tax system.

    Using this two-budget approach to repeal Obamacare would give Republicans the chance to put a bill dismantling the health care law on Trump’s desk soon after his Jan. 20 inauguration, lawmakers said.

    “I think having the opportunity to have two reconciliation bills as opposed to one, two reconciliation processes as opposed to one, is wise,” House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., told CQ.

    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., also endorsed the plan, according to Politico.

    Enzi told Politico that this double reconciliation strategy would allow Republicans to address their top legislative initiatives without having to worry about filibusters from Senate Democrats.

    Price and Enzi are at the helm of the committees that draft the budget resolutions that would include reconciliation instructions.

    Not only have Congress’s budget leaders endorsed the use of reconciliation to dismantle the health care law, but the strategy also earned the support of House conservatives, who have long said they have an obligation to voters to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    “Health care will be better and more affordable when Obamacare is repealed, plain and simple,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters Wednesday. “Everyone understood that as a huge issue in the election.”

    I see something totally missing from the article. What will the changes be?

    HOW they go about getting it done is fine. But what will it mean? The article title implies there are details available. Like what? Who will still be stuck with it? What will it mean to me and other people? How much is ti going to cost taxpayers?

    It might be safe to assume the things Trump has said are in there. But I don't want to accept that as likely because the people crafting things in Congress are still mostly establishment-types.

    The article says what they did before that failed. Is it the same thing? Or will be be what Trump says? Or a combination?

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