Congress

House Republicans Take First Step to Repealing Obamacare

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In one smell step for asshole-kind, a resolution has been introduced in the House instructing both chambers to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

House Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi introduced the resolution which both chambers of Congress will vote on next week.

The budget resolution contains so-called reconciliation instructions, directing committees to dismantle Obamacare as part of reconciling taxes and spending with the budget blueprint - and to report back to the budget committee by Jan. 27.

A Senate vote on the resolution could come next week, with action in the House of Representatives expected to follow.

The process of actually crafting legislation to repeal the law could take months, but there's another monkey in the wrench.

Just before the holiday break, Congress passed a continuing resolution that funds the federal government until May of this year. Their efforts to repeal Obamacare and their efforts to actually pass a budget for fiscal 2017 (which will be more than half over by that time) are going to bump into each other.

Congressional Republican can scarcely handle even one task at a time, so juggling two massive pieces of legislation seems like a stretch.

With that said, I wouldn't rule out the possibility that they will combine both into one package, but it seems more likely to me they will punt on fiscal 2017 and move straight toward fiscal 2018.

In an ordinary year, Congress would begin work on a budget for the next fiscal year in the coming months rather than scrambling to pick up the pieces of the previous fiscal year.

Congress has not passed a comprehensive budget in years.

No plan.

  • Aynwrong

    I hate be this bitter, but I very much hope the effects of this fall hardest and foremost on Trump’s genius voters. They knowingly voted to harm immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community and so many hard working Americans (THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS) who just wanted to be able to afford Health Insurance that was worth having.

    Any Karma they suffer will be thoroughly well earned.

    • stacib23

      Here will be the first time I’ve been able to work up the energy to post anywhere since the election.

      To your comment, Aynwrong – I have a co-worker who is a good old boy from Kentucky that strongly supports Trump. He moved his family here and didn’t do what it takes to transfer their KenectCare. The insulin had run out. When I suggested using a county facility who would provide care and medication at little to no cost, he was all over it. Somehow he cannot make the connection between what they voted for by electing this group of numbskulls will bite him in the ass the exact same way it bites the people he imagines (the poor which equals blacks and Mexicans) is takng advantage of government help. He doesn’t even see the irony of voting to repeal the exact thing that’s saving a family member’s life.

      I’m having a really difficult time getting re-engaged since the election. My heart is too broken. Thanks to all for giving me a place to land that’s so familiar.

      • Aynwrong

        I have an aunt who who would be destitute without Social Security & Medicare and yet she voted for Romney in 2012 despite Ryan being on the ticket and she was fully aware of Ryan’s reputation and ideology and voted for Trump this year. After he won she immediately expressed her fear that both those programs would now be in danger. She couldn’t vote for Hillary “She’s a Marxist.” I have no ability to fully comprehend the logic of this.

        I feel the same way about this blog. It’s a place to vent and a way of proving to myself that I’m not loosing my mind. I know exactly how you feel. I think all the regulars here do. Hang in there. You’re not alone.

  • muselet

    The insurance industry hates change. Change equals uncertainty, and uncertainty affects the economics of the industry. That’s why the insurance companies were initially cool to the ACA.

    After a rocky couple of years, the insurance industry is on-board with the ACA (by and large). The economics are now understood, there’s money to be made in the individual market (once the premium levels are sorted out) and the level of uncertainty is back down to a tolerable level.

    Now come the Rs, hell-bent on introducing not just uncertainty but unpredictability into the insurance industry solely because they want to erase Barack Obama from the history books.

    The resulting upheaval won’t cause the health insurance industry to collapse, but it will take insurance away from a whole lot of people and make insurance vastly more expensive for everyone else. And Ds and liberals and blah people and Messicans and welfare cheats and Hollywood will get blamed by the Rs for the resulting misery because reasons, and our glorious news media will collectively shrug and murmur Both Sides.

    (Golly, I’m in a mood today.)

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      And in the midst of this chaos, expect the “Now we can get single payer!!” idiots to start popping up….although how they plan to get that done with the GOP in control is beyond me.

      • Aynwrong

        Revolution?????….

  • Of course they don’t. They never intended to govern in the first place. They serve only to obstruct others who try to make the government functional.