House To Vote On Bill To Gut Obamacare

Date: January 05, 2016

Vote Marks Contentious Beginning To New Session Of Congress

With Congress back in session this week from a holiday break, all eyes are on the House, where a vote is planned on Wednesday on legislation that would repeal “major aspects” of Obamacare “and start a veto fight with President Obama,” according to the Washington Post. The vote on the budget reconciliation bill, which needs only a majority vote to pass the Senate, may represent one of Speaker Paul Ryan’s “only chances to send a major Republican policy bill to Obama’s desk before he leaves office.” Roll Call reported that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a Monday blog post that the vote will “immediately set a tone” about Republican goals for the country. “Passing and sending an Obamacare repeal to the President’s desk will set America up for a new patient-centered healthcare system that gives families the power over their healthcare decisions instead of Washington bureaucrats,” he added. The Washington Times reported that despite the vote, Republicans “are still struggling to figure out the next steps in replacing” Obamacare, which has been stymied by debates over the government’s role in healthcare “and whether they can realistically cancel health care that’s been extended to millions of Americans.” A spokesperson for Speaker Ryan said the party “will have a chance to game out their next steps” during a conference next week, according to the Times.

What Happens Next

Wednesday’s vote is likely symbolic, but may set the tone for a contentious year of legislative battles. The New York Times reported that while House Republicans will be able to pass a repeal of Obamacare the victory “will be short-lived” as Obama “will certainly veto” the bill and Republicans lack the votes to override.

What This Means For Small Businesses

Obamacare has been a burden for small businesses, as it has boosted the red tape associated with running a business, and increased healthcare costs for businesses. Though the latest measure may not successfully become law, it serves as another reminder that some in Congress are looking out for the interests of small businesses by working to repeal this onerous mandate.

Additional Reading

Fox News also covered the story.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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