Republicans in the House and Senate have tried over sixty times to repeal all of or part of ObamaCare, and they’ve been unsuccessful every time, being blocked by Obama (or the Senate before they took a majority). Fortunately for them, there’s now a man in the White House who despises the law just as much as they do.
On Donald Trump’s campaign website, his position on healthcare reform is as follows: “Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by the Democrats and President Obama, and abetted by the Supreme Court, will be difficult to repair unless the next President and a Republican congress lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry. But none of these positive reforms can be accomplished without Obamacare repeal. On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.”
And by day one, he really does mean day one. Republicans in Congress are already taking steps to have a repeal bill on Trump’s desk on day one, and the Senate just passed a resolution to begin that.
The Senate voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to take the first official step toward repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
The 51-48 vote was a procedural motion to start debate on a budget resolution that Republicans hope will result in overhauling the Affordable Care Act, and came after President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill to rally their respective parties.GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only senator to break with his party; he joined Democrats in opposing the motion. A Paul spokesman said he did not support the bill because it doesn’t balance the underlying budget.