Republicans gut Obamacare via budget reconciliation

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It may not mean much as Obama will most assuredly not go along with it. But this is probably the most realistic way to stop the completely oppressive law come January 2017.

From the Washington Times:

The House voted Friday to scrap Obamacare’s most unpopular mandates and taxes, putting in motion a plan to dismantle the law through the budget process despite Democratic derision and conservative-driven complaints the bill doesn’t go far enough.

Lawmakers voted along party lines, 240-189, to also defund Planned Parenthood for one year as punishment for its controversial abortion practice, a part of the package that won praise from pro-life groups even as the conservative Heritage Foundation panned the legislation as woefully short of GOP promises to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The bill got through the House on the strength of Republican votes, however, with only seven GOP members rejecting it and one Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voting “yes,” as he’s opposed Obamacare in the past.

Republican leaders are leveraging a tool known as budget reconciliation that would allow the bill to pass on a filibuster-proof basis in the Senate, so long as it meets arcane rules.

Already, Republican sponsors stripped out a provision that would repeal Obamacare’s yet-to-be-named board on Medicare spending, since the Senate parliamentarian was likely to rule it out of order.

…Although President Obama can still veto what Congress produces, Republicans want to prove they can repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority and a GOP president in 2017.

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In case you’re not familiar with budget reconciliation, here’s a *very* brief summary. Per tradition and Congressional rules, when the Senate votes on something, it requires a 60 vote majority to pass…except for matters concerning budget. Budget matters just require a simple majority in order to pass. Well, since Obmacare is *extremely* expensive and affects the budget in a major way, Republicans are well within their right to use reconciliation when it comes to repealing Obamacare’s taxes, expensive regulations and mandates, etc. In the past, Republicans have not tried to use budget reconciliation to gut or repeal Obamacare, rather they’ve used the more traditional method (which requires a 60-vote majority in the Senate), which fails in the Senate every time. This time it should actually get to Obama’s desk where he’ll be forced to publicly support the very unpopular, horrendous, monstrosity of a law.

Again, this doesn’t mean much until 2017. But it might not mean anything even then. After all, if a Democrat wins the presidency or if Republicans elect a president like Donald Trump (who doesn’t seem to really want to repeal Obamacare at all), then Obamacare stays.

What’s so frustrating about all of this is that if we would simply follow the Constitution, none of this would be an issue. Of *course* the federal government shouldn’t be able to coerce you, under threat of fine, to buy something you don’t want. Of *course* the federal government shouldn’t have a say in what doctor you see or what treatment you get. Of *course* the federal government shouldn’t be able to place unreasonable, onerous regulations on the insurance industry, causing premiums to skyrocket. Of *course* the federal government shouldn’t be able to literally take over 1/6th of the American economy. Of *course* the federal government shouldn’t be able to put mountains of red-tape between you and your health care. These things are axiomatic.

The Constitution is pretty clear. We just ignore it.