National Journal: Secret Republican Plan to Repeal ObamaCare Through Senate Budget Reconciliation

by Colonel on March 28, 2013

“[Following the Supreme Court ruling, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, a master of byzantine Senate procedure, immediately realized that, as a tax, the individual mandate would be subject to the budget reconciliation process, which exempted it from the filibuster. In other words, McConnell had just struck upon how to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority vote.

McConnell ordered a repeal plan ready in the event the GOP took back control of the Senate in November.

Using the reconciliation process would be complicated and contentious. Senate rules would require Republicans to demonstrate to the parliamentarian that their repeal provisions would affect spending or revenue and Democrats were sure to challenge them every step of the way. So the meetings were small and secret.

By Election Day, Senate Republicans were ready to, as McConnell put it, “take this monstrosity down.”

” — Chris Frates, Copyright 2013 National Journal Group Inc.

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