Is the Senate seriously talking about repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) again? Are we just stuck reliving the same existence like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day?! Quick what’s the song that played on the radio this morning? Was it Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe? WAS IT I GOT YOU BABE?!?!?!
The Senate plans to vote on the House’s HR 3762 bill (Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015). The bill is designed to repeal measures within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Or as you may know it as “Obamacare.” Yes, this is still a thing. And no, we don’t know why this is still a thing. Well… we kind of do, but we’ll get into that. Anyway, here’s our Rundown of the House’s bill that would repeal parts of the ACA.
What’s in the House’s ACA Repeal Bill Anyway?
- Repeals the Prevention and Public Health Fund; an appropriation measure in the ACA that helps fund programs and research that studies chronic disease prevention.
It prohibits federal funding for one year to services that are “primarily engaged in family planning services, reproductive health, and related medical care” that also includes abortion treatments. In other words, THE BILL WANTS TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD YALL!
Takes some of that money that would have gone to Planned Parenthood and puts it in community health centers.
Eliminates the individual mandate that the ACA enforces saying all individuals must have healthcare coverage.
Eliminates the employer mandate from the ACA that enforces all businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees provide health insurance.
Eliminates the ACA’s Medical Device Excise Tax which charges a 2.3% tax on all medical devices.
In short, the bill repeals anything that Republicans didn’t like from the ACA.
What President Obama Plans to Do When the Bill Hits His Desk
From the White House’s Statement of Administration Policy:
“The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762. By repealing numerous, key elements of current law, this legislation would take away critical benefits and health care coverage from hard-working middle‑class families. The bill also would remove policies that are expected to help slow the growth in health care costs and that have improved the quality of care patients receive. The Senate amendment to H.R. 3762 detracts from the work the Congress could be doing to foster job creation and economic growth.”
In Other Words, What President Obama is Actually Saying to the GOP…
So What Happens Now?
Absolutely nothing will come of this.
While it has passed the Republican controlled House and more than likely passes the Republican controlled Senate, here’s exactly what will happen. It will go to President Obama’s desk, he’ll look at it and say this…
Then it will get vetoed and finally be killed. Because while a GOP controlled Congress has enough to actually pass the legislation through both chambers, it doesn’t have the two-thirds votes required to override a presidential veto. So the question becomes, why go through all of this trouble in the first place?
Well, 2016 is an election year and many political seats – including the presidency – are up for grabs. Toothless pieces of legislation like this help both sides of the isle creating a narrative to tell their base. For Republicans, they can campaign on the fact that President Obama has overreached his power in the executive office and killed a mandate that both chambers of Congress had passed signifying that he’s not listening to what The People want (which is in this case a repeal of the ACA)! For Democrats they can go back to their base and say, we are the only roadblocks between affordable healthcare for you and those wanting to take that away from you! This ACA repeal bill is a grandstanding gesture, plain and simple.
And in a nutshell Congress, that’s why everyone hates you.
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