By: Michael Stevens
Feb 2, 2021
Senate Republicans want to repeal the health care law that President Barack Obama signed with a flourish a year ago. The Senate’s top Democrat says they can forget about it. A quick showdown looms as lawmakers maneuver on an issue that has been controversial since Obama proposed it on Inauguration Day two years ago.
The health bill’s supporters and critics agree on one point: The Supreme Court rather than politicians will ultimately decide the law’s fate. Two federal judges have already ruled it partially or wholly unconstitutional, but two others have upheld it.
“We pledged to the American people that we would seek to repeal this 2,700-page bill that seeks to restructure all of American health care and put the decisions in Washington,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, shortly before he formally launched his effort.
McConnell said all 47 members of the party’s rank and file are behind the move, but Majority Leader Harry Reid said the law’s supporters will prevail. “It’s not going to go anywhere,” predicted the Nevada Democrat.
When fully phased in, the law is intended to expand coverage to millions who lack it, crack down on insurance industry abuses and reduce federal deficits, by official estimate of the Congressional Budget Office.
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