Dem. lawmakers urge GOP to repeal Obamacare as soon as possible
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House Friday asking them to repeal the Affordable Care Act within the first three months of President Donald Trump’s term.
In their letter, the lawmakers call the move “the most important step forward” to repeal and replace the ACA since it was passed in 2010.
“The Affordable Care Care Act has become an unmitigated disaster for millions of Americans, with costs increasing at the fastest rate in our nation’s history,” the lawmakers write.
“By acting now, the Senate will be able to take up the bill that the House passed last month and pass a clean repeal of the law.
If Congress passes the bill and the President signs it, millions of people will be insured.”
While the House GOP has indicated it will vote on the bill on Monday, the House’s leadership has indicated they will not move forward on the measure until at least Friday.
Democrats are not alone in their push to get rid of the ACA, as many Republicans have signaled they would vote to repeal it.
“In a recent interview with ABC News, House Speaker John Boehner said the GOP’s repeal effort would include ‘a lot of things that the American people voted for,'” the Democrats letter says.
“If the GOP intends to take such drastic action to repeal, they should be prepared to put in place a robust, bipartisan effort to pass legislation to replace this failing law, with no more delay or confusion than necessary.”
The Democrats have a few other demands as well: “We urge you to immediately repeal the individual mandate, the employer mandate, and all related provisions.
We urge you not to impose a new one-time fee on people who buy insurance in the individual market.
We also ask you to repeal these costly mandates through the reconciliation process, and we urge you and the Republicans to also repeal the Medicaid expansion and other vital protections.”
The letter comes amid the Senate’s effort to get the ACA repealed.
The Senate has already passed a repeal bill, which has not yet gone through the Republican-controlled House.
The Republican-led House and Senate will have to reconcile the two bills and pass them out of committee to send to the president’s desk.
The House is currently slated to vote on a repeal of Obamacare on Friday, but Republicans have said they would only take the legislation out of the Senate if Democrats give them the vote.