Senate approves Jan. 27 deadline to draft Obamacare repeal legislation

Senate Republicans on Thursday imposed a deadline on their plans to dismantle President Obama’s health care law, saying Americans are demanding relief from rising prices and dwindling choices even if the path toward a replacement is politically perilous.

A budget resolution instructing GOP-led committees to draft repeal legislation by Jan. 27 was approved, 51-48, in the wee hours after Republicans who hold a narrow Senate majority fended off attempts to derail the effort.

“The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare by passing the resolution that provides the legislative tools necessary to actually repeal this failed law while we move ahead with smarter health care policies,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell, Kentucky Republican, said.

Democrats forced Republicans to take a series of politically painful votes in the process, putting them on record as opposing measures that protect rural hospitals, let patients seek cheap drugs from Canada and preserve money-saving provisions for seniors in Medicare.

Yet GOP leaders stomached the “vote-a-rama” to get to the pivotal roll call on the underlying resolution, which won the support of every Republican except Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who joined Democrats in voting “no” because the budget didn’t balance. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats, missed the vote.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • reverand on the west coast. says:

    i can be paraded around to tell them how the damn thing doesn’t worked also.

  • justinwachin says:

    Getting rid of the law may turn out to be the easiest part. I’m sure Democrats are already rounding up victims they can parade in front of the TV cameras.

    1. reverand on the west coast. says:

      i can’t imagin how it can be, after all there are just so many creative things they can do without keeping a mandate and without having to use cheap quality medicine. and without an expensive premium.many of the reps have to be smarter then the demons to be able to come up with a much better way.they need to include alternative and holistic type of medical in that too.

      1. justinwachin says:

        Competition has a way of bringing prices down and causing quality to increase. Will it happen with health care? We will not know until it is tried. Any reform should include provisions that will allow health care providers to compete and include safety nets for high risk/high cost individuals who no one wants to cover.

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