Getting Down to Business: New Congress Prepares to Dismantle Obamacare

President meets with Democrats to mount defense

The new Republican-controlled Congress, which convened on January 2, is eager to get started on repealing major portions of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), according to a Reuters report. Leading Democrats have warned of a fierce fight over the controversial health care law. In the coming weeks, however, Republicans will try to steer legislation through Congress using procedures that would not require Democratic cooperation.

The GOP’s bill, which has not been unveiled, is expected to repeal the PPACA, but to postpone the actions for two or three years while maintaining some of the act’s provisions.

Speaking to reporters, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Steny Hoyer, the House’s second-ranking Democrat, said they would launch an effort to mobilize grassroots support for the PPACA by explaining how repeal would create a ripple effect that would hurt a majority of Americans.

President Obama is scheduled to meet with congressional Democrats to discuss strategies for fending off Republican attacks on the PPACA.

For years, Republicans have insisted that the act was unworkable and was hampering job growth. Now, with control of Congress and the White House, they are finally in a position to enact a repeal bill, the Reuters report said.

Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly called for removing the PPACA “root and branch,” he said in a recent interview that his top priorities for the new Congress were dealing with “massive overregulation” that has put a brake on the U.S. economy and accomplishing tax code changes to stop companies from moving jobs offshore.

Source: Reuters; January 2, 2017.