What is reconciliation?
A process that allows House and Senate Republicans to get around the Senate 60 vote requirement. Under reconciliation, bills are filibuster proof, requiring only a simple majority (51 votes) to pass. H.R. 3762 passed the House, was altered and passed in the Senate and has come back to the House for final passage before being sent to the President’s desk.
What’s in it?
Repeal of all of the Obamacare taxes, as well as the individual and employer mandates which force Americans to purchase unaffordable healthcare plans. A one year delay of funding for Planned Parenthood while the House investigates the organization’s alleged sale of baby body parts. Funding is redirected to community health centers to continue providing women’s health programs.
What’s the point? The President will just veto the bill.
This bill signals to the American people that this President and his loyal Democrat followers are unwilling to listen to Americans’ calls for repeal of the disastrous healthcare law. Additionally, it sets Republicans up for full repeal in 2017.
Why not full repeal?
The House voted on a full repeal of Obamacare on February 3, 2015. We are still waiting for Senator Cruz and the rest if his colleagues to act. Reconciliation is not a silver bullet. Under the Byrd Rule in the Senate, reconciliation bills cannot increase the federal deficit. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), full repeal of Obamacare would increase the federal deficit by $353 billion. Unfortunately, Congress is held to CBO cost estimates. H.R. 3762 on the other hand will reduce the deficit by $516 billion.
Has Congress cut any funding from Obamacare?
Yes. Since taking over the majority, House and Senate Republicans have successfully cut billions of dollars from Obamacare. For example, we have cut $6.2 billion from the Obamacare slush fund and restricted its use to Congressionally-approved priorities, saved taxpayers $13 billion from modifying eligibility rules surrounding the Obamacare subsidies, and have prevented the Administration from providing insurers a $2.5 billion bailout.
How do Democrats feel about the bill?
At a markup for the bill Top House Ways and Means Democrat Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) said that the bill “effectively guts Obamacare.” Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) said, “This bill really is pulling the legs from under Obamacare. It is a deliberate, systematic attempt, not just to repeal, but to destroy Obamacare.”