With a vote cast at 1:30 in the morning, the US Senate took a first major step toward dismantling Obamacare, offering a resolution that instructs committees of the House and Senate to draft repeal legislation by a target date of January 27.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 12, 2017
The final vote tally was 51 to 48, and the House is expected to take up the legislation later in the week.
Republicans only need a simple majority thanks to a budget procedure known as reconciliation – the same tactic employed by Democrats to help kickstart the law into effect without Republican support. Republicans can now begin repealing the law without Democrat support.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program.
The vote was 51-48. The resolution now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week. Scrapping Obamacare is a top priority for the Republican majorities in both chambers and Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
Senate Republicans are using special budget procedures that allow them to repeal Obamacare by a simple majority; this way they don’t need Democratic votes.
As the Reuters report points out, the average Obamacare premium is set to rise 25 percent in 2017, a burden many Americans just can’t bear.
It has to be quite infuriating for President Obama to watch his legacy – his signature legislation – come crashing down just days prior to leaving the White House for good.
What’s infuriating for Obama is good for America.