61 empty gestures
For the 61st time since 2011, Congressional Republicans are moving legislation to undermine and dismantle key elements of the Affordable Care Act.
Yes, you read that correctly. But believe it or not, this time will be (at least a little) different.
First, this will be the first time Republicans will use the budget process known as “reconciliation” to advance repeal. Using a budget reconciliation bill prevents Democrats from filibustering the legislation in the Senate, meaning only 51 votes are needed for passage in expedited debate.
Second, this will be the first time that the House and Senate both pass similar legislation to damage the law. As a result, this will be the first time that anti-ACA legislation will reach President Barack Obama’s desk. The President’s veto of this measure is guaranteed, as are the needed votes in the House and Senate to sustain his veto, so this will be nothing more than another exercise in ObamaCare Kabuki Theater, albeit with some new twists.
After more than five and one half years since President Obama signed the ACA, Republicans offer nothing in the bill to replace what would be lost were the changes to the ACA to become law. According to the CBO, between 14 million and 15 million Americans would lose the coverage they now have, including approximately 3 million children. Yet no replacement is in evidence, after five and one half years of replacement promises.
We have wasted enough time, energy and taxpayer money fighting over repealing the ACA. It’s here to stay. Congress voted on it, the Supreme Court upheld it, and voters believe that Congress should stop wasting time trying to repeal it.
Do you agree that it’s time for Congress to move forward with fully implementing and improving the ACA rather than wasting time? Then sign our petition to congressional lawmakers to make your opinion heard!