Congress has more tools at its disposal to repeal Obamacare’s regulatory morass than commonly believed.
After the House passed the American Health Care Act, the Senate has begun sorting through its options for health care legislation. Looming are procedural concerns unique to the Senate.
Both the parliamentarian and the Senate can, and should, find that full repeal of Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process, and thus 51 votes, is permissible.
This is a detailed summary of the bill, along with a number of possible conservative concerns where applicable.
Congressional leaders will need to pare back their aspirations for a comprehensive ‘repeal-and-replace’ bill and enact other elements of their ‘replace’ agenda in subsequent legislation.
Republicans plan to cancel aspects of Obamacare that affect the federal budget, but if they leave the regulatory scheme intact, the result will be disaster.
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