Reid: Senate GOP Should Give up on ObamaCare Repeal
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is calling on Republicans to give up on their plan to repeal ObamaCare.
“The Parliamentarian has ruled that Obamacare cannot be repealed through reconciliation, period. The idea put forth by Senator McConnell’s office that a so-called ‘technical fix’ can save Obamacare repeal in reconciliation is simply false,” Reid’s office wrote in a memo.
The Hill reports:
GOP leaders have pledged to repeal as much of ObamaCare as they can through a process known as reconciliation, which prevents the minority party from filibustering the legislation.
Some GOP senators have eyed a bill that would repeal even more of ObamaCare than a version the House passed, something Reid insists is not possible despite the claims from McConnell’s office.
The parliamentarian, who is charged with interpreting and enforcing chamber rules, identified troublesome pieces of the reconciliation bill this week — specifically its attempt to repeal the requirements to purchase and offer health insurance. But McConnell spokesman Don Stewart told the Morning Consult news service earlier this week that the GOP will offer a “substitute amendment” to correct the issues.
See the full story at The Hill.
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