Conservatives Eye Obamacare Repeal in 2018

Despite Republicans’ inability to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump and some conservative leaders have not given up on calling for renewed efforts to repeal or reform the law.

“There appears to be widespread agreement among congressional Republicans that moving on from Obamacare is bad policy and bad politics,” said Dan Holler, vice president for Heritage Action for America, the lobbying affiliate of The Heritage Foundation.

“The Trump administration agrees,” Holler said. “After tax reform, Republicans could adopt another budget resolution next year that provides reconciliation instructions to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare.”

On Twitter, Trump has been vocal about his intentions to continue reforming health care.

Senate Republicans attempted to use a procedure known as budget reconciliation to dismantle Obamacare because they would need only 51 votes to pass a bill with Vice President Mike Pence able to break a tie.

However, in a July 28 Senate vote, three Republicans—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain of Arizona—blocked what lawmakers dubbed the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare.

A conservative Senate aide told The Daily Signal in an email that the law could be repealed next year.

“The most likely chance for Obamacare repeal right now is for tax reform to pass this winter, pass a new budget resolution in the spring, and then repeal Obamacare next summer,” the aide said.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would be using his executive powers to address Obamacare regulations.

He is expected to sign an executive order Thursday to permit small businesses or individuals to join forces and purchase health insurance plans sold across state lines, the Washington Examiner reported.  

Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, told The Daily Signal in an email that her organization would support efforts to repeal Obamacare next year.

“Congress needs to follow through on the promises they have made over the past nine years to eradicate Obamacare and redirect taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood to federally qualified health centers, which see more patients and provide a greater range of health care than Planned Parenthood ever has or will be able to do—all without forcing taxpayers to fund abortion,” Nance said.

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