Waffling on GOP Obamacare Repeal Tactics

Wall Street Journal: “Republicans in control of Congress have a special tool they can use to push legislation to President Barack Obama’s desk with a simple Senate majority. But they are divided on whether to use it on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.”

“Such legislation would almost certainly be vetoed by Mr. Obama, so some Republicans believe using the legislative maneuver, known as reconciliation, would waste a good opportunity to achieve other budget goals.”

Some “Republicans said it would violate their campaign pledges to not at least send a repeal of the health law to Mr. Obama’s desk. House Republicans have voted repeatedly to repeal the law, but the Senate hasn’t voted on a stand-alone measure just repealing the ACA.”

“The health law can be addressed under reconciliation because it changes spending, revenue or the federal debt limit. Each of those topics can be addressed just once under reconciliation for each budget cycle.”

“Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R., S.D.) said repealing the health law was still the ‘leading contender’ for how Republicans plan to use reconciliation. Alternatives have included a tax overhaul, but top Republicans on the tax-writing committees have said they would rather try to find bipartisan support for a tax rewrite that Mr. Obama could sign.”

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