For the first time, Congress sent a bill
repealing key provisions of Obamacare to the President for his signature earlier this week, which he will veto. Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare on numerous occasions before, but this is the first time a bill passed both houses and reached the President. The reason it passed this time, is that it passed through the budget reconciliation process so Senate Democrats could not filibuster the bill. The House passed it, sent it to the Senate, the Senate amended it and sent it back to the House, the House passed the Senate version. This process meant the bill did not require 60 votes to clear the Senate but only a simple majority. The President, however, will veto the bill and there are not enough votes to override a veto.
The Bill did not actually repeal Obamacare but repealed major provisions. Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 would make these key changes to Obamacare:
- Restrict the federal government from operating health care exchanges
- Phase out funding for subsidies to help lower and middle-income individuals pay for insurance through the health care exchanges
- Eliminate tax penalties for individuals who do not purchase health insurance and employers with 50 or more employees who do not provide insurance plans
- Eliminate taxes on medical devices
- Eliminate the “Cadillac tax” on the most expensive health care plans provided by employers to their employees.
- Phase out an expansion of Medicaid over a two-year period
|R||Roe, Phil||TN 1st|
|R||Duncan, John||TN 2nd|
|R||Fleischmann, Chuck||TN 3rd|
|R||DesJarlais, Scott||TN 4th|
|D||Cooper, Jim||TN 5th|
|R||Black, Diane||TN 6th|
|R||Blackburn, Marsha||TN 7th|
|R||Fincher, Stephen||TN 8th|
|D||Cohen, Steve||TN 9th|
In the Senate, Senator Alexander and Senator Corker voted for the bill.
For more information on the House vote, follow this link and for more info on the Senate vote see this link.