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[Obamacare] Repealing the old thread and Replacing with...something
This thread is about the Republican's stated goal of repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with an as to be yet written plan.
Last night (well technically this morning at 1 AM) the Republican senate began this process with a "Vote A Rama" budget vote that could not be filibustered. The vote was down party lines. What's a Vota A Rama? Basically a rapid fire voting process where amendments are quickly voted on. More info here: http://keithhennessey.com/2010/03/25/vote-a-rama/
Beginning of article:
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster.
The vote was 51 to 48. During the roll call, Democrats staged a highly unusual protest on the Senate floor to express their dismay and anger at the prospect that millions of Americans could lose health insurance coverage.
One by one, Democrats rose to voice their objections. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington said that Republicans were “stealing health care from Americans.” Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said he was voting no “because health care should not just be for the healthy and wealthy.”
The presiding officer, Senator Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, repeatedly banged his gavel and said the Democrats were out of order because “debate is not allowed during a vote.”
The final vote, which ended just before 1:30 a.m., followed a marathon session in which senators took back-to-back roll call votes on numerous amendments, an arduous exercise known as a vote-a-rama.
The approval of the budget blueprint, coming even before President-elect Donald J. Trump is inaugurated, shows the speed with which Republican leaders are moving to fulfill their promise to repeal President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement — a goal they believe can now be accomplished after Mr. Trump’s election.
The action by the Senate is essentially procedural, setting the stage for a special kind of legislation called a reconciliation bill. Such a bill can be used to repeal significant parts of the health law and, critically, is immune from being filibustered. Congress appears to be at least weeks away from voting on legislation repealing the law.
Republicans say the 2016 elections gave them a mandate to roll back the health care law. “The Obamacare bridge is collapsing, and we’re sending in a rescue team,” said Senator Michael B. Enzi, Republican of Wyoming and the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “Then we’ll build new bridges to better health care, and finally, when these new bridges are finished, we’ll close the old bridge.”
Here is a Gallup poll about public opinion on Obamacare from Sept 2016: http://www.gallup.com/poll/195383/americans-negative-positive-aca.aspx
Bernie Sanders has started to try to rally people around the goal of "Save Our Health Care" with a day of a rallies on January 15: https://berniesanders.com/ourfirststand/
Here is one article about how repealing Obamacare could affect the economy: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/obamacare-economic-effects-repeal/512618/
Let's keep this thread to discussing the repeal/replace efforts going on now and in the future, and try not to relitigate Obamacare's Constitutionality itself if we can help it.