Repeal of ‘Obamacare’ Will Now Require Only Simple Majority

On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution like that passed earlier in the week by the Senate, that a simple majority of a vote is all that will be necessary to all but repeal the Affordable Care Act, known by many as Obamacare.

The procedural step passed on Friday allows Congress to move directly past a Democratic filibuster in the Senate should that party attempt to block lawmakers from repealing the tax and spending provisions of the Affordable Care Act, essentially stopping the program in its tracks without the funding necessary to support it.

The U.S. Senate passed the measure on Wednesday, January 11 by a 51 to 48 vote. In the House of Representatives, the budget procedural resolution passed with a vote of 227 to 198. The votes in each legislative body followed along party lines, with nine Republican representatives joining the Democrats in their “no” votes.

It comes as no surprise that the Affordable Care Act, a signature program of the Obama administration, is so soon on the chopping block. The Republican party has been trying to repeal the health insurance program they branded as Obamacare almost before the ink was dry on the president’s signature making the ACA the law of the land.

With President-elect Donald J. Trump about to take office, the GOP will have control not only of the legislative branch of the federal government but the executive branch as well. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump derided the rising insurance premiums some members of the Affordable Care Act were experiencing along with rising deductibles and taxes, vowing to repeal the ACA when he becomes president.

In an ironic twist, some of those people who, along with their elected representatives, have been calling for the repeal of Obamacare haven’t understood that that was the nickname given to the Affordable Care Act.


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