Congressional Republicans have tried to repeal all or part of Obamacare over fifty times during the past few years, and now controlling the House, Senate, and presidency, that wish may finally become a reality. No longer will they face a presidential veto on their repeal attempts.
Donald Trump’s position on healthcare, as per his campaign’s website, is “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” He doesn’t have to ask – because they’ll have that repeal bill on his desk on day one, and liberals are freaking out.
The left-leaning “Vox” laments that; The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare.
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. According to the Wall Street Journal, the budget resolution could be passed by both houses as early as next week.
To be clear, passing the budget resolutions does not itself repeal Obamacare. But it’s the necessary first step if Republicans are to do that this year, and unless three or more Republican senators defect (or 24 House members do), it’ll be smooth sailing for the repeal effort from there on out.
Donald Trump has not yet taken office. But make 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.
In response to that, the only appropriate response is one you’ll hear chanted at a leftist protest: this is what Democracy looks like!”
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]