Senate Republicans voted along party lines 51-48 to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. The vote in and of itself does not repeal Obamacare, but it does green light the process known as budget reconciliation that will allow the Senate to repeal vast swaths of the law with a simple majority.
Republicans have set a self imposed deadline of January 27th to repeal Obamacare and come up with a replacement to the law, which might be far easier said than done. Many Republicans are already expressing cold feet about rushing through the repeal process before having a clear replacement plan, but it is unknown if enough will go against their party leaders and actually prevent a repeal vote from going forward.
This is a very touchy subject, but I'm interested to see what people are thinking now that the repeal process is actually under way. Roughly 20 million Americans health insurance plans are on the line and I just hope that Congress takes a deliberate approach towards this because peoples lives are on the line. If Republicans are able to come up with a plan that will be better than Obamacare then I am all for it, but if millions of Americans lose or are priced out of their coverage then I have to admit that I will be sorely disappointed because peoples lives shouldn't be a pawn in a political game between the two major parties.
And now the House has followed suit.
I share your concern about the prospect of 20 million people losing their health coverage. My fear is that the Republican Party will rush through this repeal and then realize that it's much harder to come up with a replacement than they anticipated.
It seems to me like they are starting to have second thoughts, especially in the Senate. It's a lot easier to run against something than it is to take something as vital as health coverage away from millions of people.
J.K.Logic Wrote: Is there a viable plan announced yet from the GOP as to what the replacement will be?
They aren't anywhere near that. The only thing Republicans in Congress seem to agree on is that they don't like Obamacare. Once you get past that they are all over the place.
I've been following their debates closely and will be sure to keep us all updated, but it really seems that a small number of Republicans in the Senate are starting to get cold feet about completely dismantling Obamacare without having a replacement plan ready to go in its place.