The House is poised to pass a bill Wednesday repealing the biggest components of Obamacare, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not happy.
Although the White House reiterated its plans to veto the measure on more than one occasion, the 2016 Democratic front-runner warned the GOP is closer than ever to finally killing President Barack Obama’s landmark heath care legislation.
“If there’s a Republican sitting there, it will be repealed and then we will have to start all over again,” Clinton said Monday during a town hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa. “I don’t think the stakes could be higher.”
The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act would eliminate 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 nationwide for a year.
“President Obama has consistently avoided facing the failures of Obamacare, claiming that the law is working even as co-ops are crumbling, coverage is being dropped, and premiums keep going up,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement Monday. “Passing and sending an Obamacare repeal to the president’s desk will set America up for a new patient-centered healthcare system that gives families the power over their healthcare decisions instead of Washington bureaucrats.”
The repeal of Obamacare would cut $516 billion off the deficit according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear overturning the law and offering an alternative is one of his top priorities.
If the bill passes as expected, it will be the first time a measure unraveling Obamacare hits Obama’s desk.
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