A HUGE beginning to a long process in repealing Obamacare was voted on today and passed by a slim margin of 51-48.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence made a statement afterwards that any replacement plan is at least months away…
The Senate voted 51-48 this afternoon to proceed to the resolution, S. Con. Res. 3, which would set up a filibuster-proof process, ensuring the chamber’s consideration of legislation repealing parts of Obamacare and replacing it, either as one bill or as separate measures.
The 54-page document, unveiled yesterday by Budget Chairman Mike Enzi, directs committees of jurisdiction to come up with Affordable Care Act legislation by Jan. 27, meaning a repeal bill could be to Donald Trump’s desk by the end February, lawmakers said today.
The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce as well as the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committees are charged with drafting the legislation.
Senate action came as Obama and Pence both headed to the Capitol to meet with their respective parties to discuss efforts to preserve or undo the health-care law.
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas said that an Obamacare replacement proposal would be laid out on a step-by-step basis and could be fully written by the August recess.
The Obama administration immediately hit back with the comment that the Senate vote was passed by a “pretty narrow margin”…Josh Earnest went on to say that the Republicans will be responsible for the ensuing chaos…LOL!