Beginning the Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare
by Blake Farenthold on January 16, 2017 at 10:02 AM
Last week, the House and Senate took an important first step towards the repeal and replacement of Obamacare by passing a budget resolution. This budget resolution enables the reconciliation process – a fast-track legislative procedure that is filibuster-proof in the Senate. It's the same mechanism that Democrats used to pass parts of Obamacare in 2010 without a single Republican vote and Republicans will now use to undo the destructive law.
The budget resolution includes reconciliation instructions which direct four authorizing committees in the House and Senate to create budgets that achieve at least $1 billion in deficit reduction each over the next 10 years and repeal the pieces of Obamacare under their jurisdiction. These four authorizing committees are the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees in the House, and the Finance and Health and Education and Labor and Pensions Committees in the Senate. Once these committees have designed budgets that will accomplish this task, they are passed out of their respective committees and sent to the Budget Committee while will compile them into one bill.
After the Budget Committee passes this unified bill, it will go before the House for a vote. Once the reconciliation package passes the House, it will be sent to the Senate for expedited consideration. After passage in the Senate, it will head to the desk of President Trump for his signature, where it will become law.
Repealing and replacing Obamacare will restore your choices in healthcare and ensure that your medical decisions are made by you and your doctor. For more information on the plan, please click here.