Late into the night – as if they are trying to hide something from the American public – Senate Republicans took their first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
House Speaker Paul Ryan continues to spin the false web of Donald Trump’s talking points. President-elect Donald Trump has been calling the law failed and too expensive.
Speaker Ryan agreed with him, saying, “The law is failing very quickly, and that means people have nothing. Or, if they have health insurance, their deductible is so high it doesn’t feel like you have insurance. And their premiums are going up double digits…So, we have an obligation to protect our country from a failing health care system which is Obamacare.”
If the ACA is repealed, people will literally have nothing and die.
For months, Republicans have demanded the ACA be replaced with something better – without actually presenting what that “something better” plan looks like, continuing to fail millions of Americans who rely on the coverage provided by the ACA – for a selfish political win.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports
Senators voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that Republicans will use as a vehicle to speed through repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. House leaders plan to take it up Friday.
Senators began voting on 19 amendments to the resolution about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before passing the budget measure about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
“When Obamacare’s supporters forced their partisan law on our country, they promised an easy-to-use system; one that would lower premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs; one that would foster choice and allow families to keep the plans and doctors they liked,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “But it didn’t take long for the American people to discover the truth about Obamacare. Too many have been personally hurt by this law. Too many feel they’re worse off than they were before Obamacare.”
For more on the Senates vote, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.