Senate Votes to Repeal Obamacare
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Sunday, December 06, 2015 12:00 AM

The Senate took a first step toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and defunding Planned Parenthood, and now the ball is in President Obama's court. But the president has already stated his intention: he will veto the bill.

The “Restoring America’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act" or less formally the "Obamacare repeal bill," passed 52-47.  The new bill would dismantle the individual mandate, as well as the employer mandate -- an unpopular provision that requires mid-size businesses to provide health insurance for workers.

Other major provisions of the bill include:

  • Reversing Medicaid expansion after a 2-year transition period.
  • Repealing certain tax increases including taxes on medical devices and prescription drugs
  • Preventing federal funds from reaching Planned Parenthood for 1 year.
  • Take new monies from repeal and invest them in Medicare Trust Fund.

An amendment sponsored to repeal the “Cadillac tax", a levy on expensive insurance plans slated to begin in 2018, also passed in a vote of 90-10.

The House would have a chance to vote again on the amended bill, and then, he continued, "President Obama will have a choice. He can defend the status quo that's failed the middle class by vetoing the bill or he can work toward a new beginning and better care by signing it."

Although facing an Obama veto, Congressional Republicans could resurrect this legislation if one of their own is elected president in 2016 and is willing to sign the measure.