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Congress Should Continue Its Hard Work In Repealing Obamacare

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Old 02.13.17, 11:51 PM
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Congress Should Continue Its Hard Work In Repealing Obamacare

01.25.17 12:25 PM

Good news for conservatives across the country: Congress has approved a 2017 budget resolution, setting into motion the process of repealing the Obamacare law.* The vast majority of Republican legislators took an affirmative and laudable step toward fulfilling the promise of a system of patient-centered health reform by repealing the onerous law. Still, there is much work to be done.* While the budget resolution gives instructions and provides a vehicle to allow for repeal without facing a filibuster threat, some Republicans continue to express concerns about moving forward without a full replacement plan.* Furthermore, some uncertainty remains as to what, exactly, will be able to be repealed through reconciliation, given Senate rules. The 2015 reconciliation bill passed by Congress repealed certain parts of Obamacare, but left others intact (and was eventually vetoed by President Obama). This allowed Congress to bypass debates over whether other portions—specifically, the insurance regulations—could repealed under that procedure.* While some continue to maintain that provisions not directly related to taxes or spending cannot be included, it is important to note that those questions were never adjudicated during the 2015 negotiations.* Now is the time for Congress to litigate that question, and they should include the repeal […]

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