After 61 prior Congressional attempts to repeal the law that overhauled the U.S. healthcare system, Congressional Republicans succeeded in sending a bill to the President's desk to undo the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – President Barack Obama vetoed legislation Friday that would have undone key components of his signature health care law.
After 61 prior Congressional attempts to repeal the law that overhauled the U.S. healthcare system, Congressional Republicans succeeded in sending a bill to the President’s desk to undo the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Rather than re-fighting old political battles by once again voting to repeal basic protections that provide security for the middle class, members of Congress should be working together to grow the economy, strengthen middle-class families, and create new jobs,” Obama wrote in his veto statement.
“Because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto,” he added.
The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 would have repealed the law’s medical device and Cadillac taxes, Medicaid expansion and the subsidies that help consumers buy insurance on the exchanges. It would have effectively eliminated the law’s individual and employer mandates. It would have also blocked federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year.
It passed out of the Senate Dec. 3 with a 52 to 47 vote, using a tool known as “budget reconciliation,” which allows passage out of the Senate with just 51 votes instead of the normal 60. This lower threshold made it so Senate Democrats could not block the measure as they had in the past. It cleared the House Jan. 6 with a 240 to 181 vote. Both votes fell largely along party lines.
Congress does not have the two thirds support necessary to override the President’s veto.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) still promised Friday to hold a vote to override the President’s action.
“The idea that Obamacare is the law of the land for good is a myth. This law will collapse under its own weight, or it will be repealed,” Ryan said in a statement.
He vowed that should a Republican win the Oval Office in November, Congress will send a repeal bill and “it will get signed into law.”
“Obamacare will be gone. And then, for all the people who have seen their premiums go up, for people who have lost their plan or their doctor, for people who have to deal with all the mandates, the restrictions, and the red tape, we can replace this law with a truly patient-centered health care system,” Ryan said. “It’s just a matter of time.”