Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Congress Sends ACA Repeal to President
With the US House of Representatives' 240-181 vote Wednesday evening, Congress for the first time sent President Barack Obama a bill to scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a bill the president has promised to veto.
The House and Senate have voted more than 60 times to either fully or partially repeal the ACA, but this is the first bill, approved largely along party lines, to land on the president's desk.
The GOP legislation essentially guts the Act originally passed in 2010. It calls for preventing the federal government from running healthcare exchanges, eliminates insurance mandates and subsidies, and repeals Medicaid expansion now adopted in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
The bill also would eliminate for 1 year taxpayer money for Planned Parenthood, an effort that stalled late last year when the GOP was unable to tack the measure onto the spending bill approved shortly before the holidays. The money would instead go toward community health centers, Republicans have said.