The House only needs a majority to pass repeal of Obamacare, but if filibuster rules applied in the Senate they’d need a super majority of 60 votes. Because Democrats used reconciliation to pass Obamacare, reconciliation can be used to repeal it, thus only 51 Senate votes are needed. Several Senators have long recognized this fact, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has resisted.
In his 2014 Senate re-election campaign McConnell promised his voters that he would lead the fight to repeal Obamacare “root and branch.” But after the election when Senator Mike Lee of Utah moved for a vote to repeal Obamacare, McConnell used his power as Senate Majority Leader and blocked Lee from going ahead with it. The promise McConnell made to his voters had apparently become inoperative.
Lee isn’t the sort of guy to give up that easily. After Trump’s inauguraiton there will be a vote to repeal Obamacare, and it will be done with reconciliation so a Democrat filibuster cannot stop it. Here’s the story of how Mike Lee made it happen: How Senator Mike Lee forced McConnell’s hand on repealing Obamacare.
It’s a mystery why McConnell and other squishy Republicans are not keen on repealing Obamacare. Remember, Obamacare was forced through the Senate only by Denocrats’ questionable twisting of Senate rules. Not a single Republican voted for it. Obama’s promises that you’d be able to keep your doctor and would save $2500 annually on the cost of health insurance were vile lies.
Several immediate benefits to many Americans will result the moment Obamacare is repealed. Many part-time workers will get their full-time jobs back when the employer health insurance mandate goes away. Many of them will be able to get employer provided insurance after employers regain the ability to negotiate with insurance companies for the exact amount and type of insurance they want to provide for their employees. Remember, most employees were very satisfied with the insurance their employers provided before Obamacare tore that house down. The enormous premiums and ultra high deductibles will disappear as people are allowed to buy the insurance they want and can afford, instead of the government approved policies under Obamacare.
Republicans should give up the “replace” part of Obamacare repeal. Nobody wants a Republican version of government-run health care to replace the Democrat version. We don’t want the government running national healthcare at all.
It is true that those with pre-existing conditions won’t be happy. But I find it hard to feel sorry for those who lose something they were never entitled to have in the first place. Forcing insurance companies to pay for things that are not insurable because the risk cannot be actuarially measured and determined destroys the whole concept of insurance. Such a plan is welfare, not insurance. Legally mandated welfare, if it is to exist, must be funded by tax dollars not private sector profits. As we have seen, the attempt to fund welfare payments with private profits soon eliminates those profits, leaving nothing with which to pay the welfare demands.
There is one law that the federal government could and should pass on repeal of Obamacare that would be beneficial, however. Since all commerce across state lines is within the Federal government’s Constitutional power to regulate, a Federal law should be immediately enacted to prohibit states from imposing mandates on insurance coverage issued by companies that operate in interstate commerce, or are consolidated with companies that so operate. States should refrain from enacting mandates within their own states on companies that are wholly intrastate because those mandates are what made health insurance too expensive before Obamacare and contributed to a high number of people going without health insurance of any kind.