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Obamacare Repeal Tops House Republicans’ 2016 To-Do List

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

House Republicans will kick off 2016 by attempting to dismantle key provisions of Obamacare.

The House Rules Committee announced Wednesday it will hold a hearing Jan. 5, with a vote likely to follow shortly after, on the Senate amendment to the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.

The measure would do away with the individual and employer mandates, kill the Cadillac tax and medical device tax, which were recently delayed for two years under a provision in the omnibus spending bill, and would defund Planned Parenthood for a year.

The lower chamber passed a version of the bill largely along party lines in October. The fast-track legislation, which only required a majority vote, and prevented a filibuster in the Senate, narrowly made it through the Senate earlier this month. The amended version will now once again have to pass the House before it makes it to the president’s desk.

During his first major address, House Speaker [crscore]Paul Ryan[/crscore] promised a plan within the next year to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying Congress should “force insurance companies to compete for your business,” not force people to buy it.

The White House said the president plans to veto the measure.

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