January 10, 2017
Donald Trump may not be "even a little bit worried" about Republicans repealing Obamacare, but at least five senators are doing their best to change his mind. A group of GOP moderates are threatening to disrupt the budget reconciliation process that's the surest path to gutting Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. In an amendment filed yesterday, Senators Bob Corker (Tenn.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Susan Collins (Maine), Bill Cassidy (La.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) demand that their party decide on a replacement plan before tackling Obama's miserable legacy.
Under the current resolution, Congress has until January 27 to come up with a proposal to roll back the "Affordable" Care Act -- but that would be in jeopardy if these five moderates continue to aid the Democrats in preserving President Obama's failed legacy. Of course, the tricky part is holding the party together, since the reconciliation process requires at least 50 votes. Republicans can only afford to lose two (assuming that Vice President-elect Mike Pence would break the tie). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) isn't worried. On Sunday, he promised to move full-steam ahead on the repeal. "We're acting quickly because Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight, and things will continue to get worse otherwise. That doesn't mean the law will end overnight. There will be a stable transition period, and once repeal is passed we will turn to replacement policies that cost less and work better than what we have now."
As for the handful of Republicans ready to throw away the greatest opportunity to topple a law that's brought so much devastation on the nation and its families, there is absolutely no excuse for not supporting a budget resolution that's identical to the one passed by Congress at the end of 2015. What's changed since last year other than a president who will sign it? Urge your senators not to waste a single day in repealing the bulk of Obamacare and pulling the financial rug out from America's biggest abortion provider. The longer Congress waits, the more lives we risk -- born and unborn.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.