... if the pillars of Obamacare are successfully dismantled, moderate Democrats — particularly those senators up for reelection in 2018 — could come under considerable pressure to help Republicans replace the law and are already openly entertaining that option.
We Say: President Obama plans a meeting this week with Democratic congressional leadership to protect his legacy. What about the interests of the American people?
Obama/Reid/Pelosi have not learned that ObamaCare never reflected the will of the people and that their election losses resulted from ObamaCare’s:
- Rising costs, reduced access, doctors leaving practices, fewer choices
- Government mandates to buy something folks don’t want and cannot afford
- Exchanges that have collapsed at a cost of billions to taxpayers
- Failed promises to reduce costs and keep your doctor
- Bailouts of rich, crony insurance companies at the expense of taxpayers
- Abusive IRS fines imposed on folks who do not buy coverage mandated by government
It is time for our Senators and Representatives to listen and act on the will of the people and pass a bill for the FULL Repeal of ObamaCare for the incoming President to sign on January 20, 2017.
Republished from Politico.com, by Seung Min Kim, December 30, 2016. Image credit: image not covered by license
President Barack Obama will head to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with congressional Democrats about how to shield Obamacare from Republican efforts to dismantle it, a Capitol Hill source told POLITICO.
The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the Congressional Visitors Center auditorium and is for both House and Senate Democrats, according to a notice sent to members Friday morning.
With Republican vowing to begin repealing Obamacare almost immediately when the 115th Congress convenes next week, Democratic lawmakers are immersed in strategy sessions on how to protect the nearly seven-year-old health care law.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has promised to stand firm against repeal efforts and subsequently, Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative framework. And a conference call convened by House Democrats earlier this week focused largely on emphasizing the benefits of Obamacare, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noting that she sees parallels between the current situation and the 2005 effort by then-President George W. Bush to privatize Social Security, according to an aide on the call.
“The Affordable Care Act has been successful in meeting its goals of reducing cost, increasing access and improving quality of care,” Pelosi wrote to members in a “Dear Colleague” letter this week.
Democrats are also launching a broader health care offensive against Republicans that focuses not only on their push to repeal Obamacare but any prospective efforts from the GOP to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid. To that end, Democrats, led by Schumer, Pelosi and liberal firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — will host a so-called “day of action” on Jan. 15 that is meant to rev up grass roots support for shielding social safety net programs.
“Beginning in January, it is likely that Republican leaders in Congress will follow through on their threats to ram through a budget bill that will severely undermine the health care needs of the American people,” the three lawmakers wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter circulated earlier this week.
Though most legislation generally needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate, Republicans can do away with significant portions of Obamacare with a simple majority by using a parliamentary move called “reconciliation,” which undercuts a filibuster. The GOP is also mulling a lengthy transition period for Obamacare repeal, meaning that the law would not actually be abolished for years — buying Republicans time to craft a replacement.
Still, if the pillars of Obamacare are successfully dismantled, moderate Democrats — particularly those senators up for reelection in 2018 — could come under considerable pressure to help Republicans replace the law and are already openly entertaining that option.
Incoming House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley of New York said the meeting will likely include discussion of other policy matters in addition to Obamacare — such as the Dodd-Frank financial law and environmental issues.
“There are a myriad of issues he could address,” Crowley said in an interview Friday. “As he retires from public office, we’re left to defend the advancements he’s made. Not only as a party, but as a people.”
Darren Samuelsohn contributed to this report.
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