ObamaCare was the centerpiece of Barack Obama’s socialist transformation of America.
Democrats suffered tremendous losses in the 2010 and 2014 midterms, which handed Republicans control of both houses of Congress.
But the GOP needed to win the presidency, and Donald Trump just cemented the final victory that could put an end to ObamaCare.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Many believed Trump’s strength on the issue helped push him over the top after it was revealed that ObamaCare premiums would increase on average by 22% in 2017.
The day after the election, Mitch McConnell pledged to move quickly on repealing ObamaCare.
“It’s pretty high on our agenda as you know,” the Kentucky Republican said on Wednesday. “I would be shocked if we didn’t move forward and keep our commitment to the American people.”
McConnell would not explicitly commit to using budget reconciliation to repeal the healthcare law, though it’s the likely path for Republicans to repeal the law, as they have only a narrow Senate majority next year.
The GOP has long promised to repeal ObamaCare.
The party won landslide victories in the 2010 and 2014 midterms based almost solely on their opposition to Obama’s healthcare takeover.
And many conservatives believe the 2012 election was lost when the Establishment foisted Mitt Romney — the man who invented ObamaCare — on the party as their nominee.
Nominating Romney removed the debate about ObamaCare from the campaign, and Romney was left running a largely substance-free campaign that failed on Election Day.
The left senses danger.
And Democrats are preparing an all-out war to protect ObamaCare.
Politico also reports:
“We’ve got the battle of our lifetime ahead of us,” Ron Pollack, executive director of advocacy group Families USA, said the day after Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is now the law that covers 22 million people. “We’re going to have a huge number of organizations from all across the country that will participate in this effort.”
But their options are limited. They have enough votes to block a total repeal of the law on Day One of a Trump administration. But they can’t block Republicans from passing targeted legislation in the coming months, and Trump — like Obama before him — can pick up a pen as early as Jan. 20 and use executive powers to block, change, or put on hold key elements of the massive six-year-old legislation.
But Republicans have the votes to overcome the Democrats’ opposition.
ObamaCare was passed using the parliamentary procedure called reconciliation.
That method only required 51 votes and avoided a Republican filibuster.
And last year, the GOP gave a preview of how they intend to repeal the law when they used reconciliation to send an ObamaCare repeal bill to Obama’s desk.
That bill was vetoed.
Now President Trump will very likely have the chance to correct and sign a repeal of ObamaCare into the law.
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