Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, March 28, 2016

Obamacare Is on Life Support

President Obama’s eighth veto of his presidency came in January, when he nixed legislation passed by Congress to repeal major portions of Obamacare. By allowing the crippled health care law to remain on life support for all of 2016, Obama and the Democrats handed Republicans a winning campaign issue for retaking the White House in the 2016 election. Obamacare’s miserable failure is the primary reason why Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. Republicans had even greater successes at the state level, and now control more legislative chambers (and by wider margins) than ever before. Bills to repeal Obamacare had previously passed the House, but this time a major repeal bill made it through the Senate using the process of “reconciliation” which requires a 51-vote simple majority. The bill would have stopped the expansion of Medicaid, ended the mandates on individuals and employers to buy health insurance, cut off federal subsidies, repealed the “Cadillac tax” on premium plans, removed the taxes on medical devices, and even defunded Planned Parenthood.

Americans are impatient at the slow progress toward repeal of Obamacare, but our Constitution generally requires at least two elections to intervene before any major change can be accomplished. The repeal of Obamacare proves that the entire law can really be repealed as soon as a Republican President takes office.

The failure of Obamacare, and the need to repeal it, could become the winning campaign issue to end eight years of control of the White House by Democrats. The more that Obama and Democrats cling to Obamacare, the more Republicans should insist on its repeal.

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