Bye bye, Obamacare: Congress’ repeal offensive will begin this week

From our colleague Misty Williams:

A top Republican on Tuesday launched the opening salvo in the GOP’s mission to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi, who heads the Senate Budget Committee, introduced a resolution that will kick off the process to officially repeal Obamacare.

“Americans face skyrocketing premiums and soaring deductibles,” Enzi said. “Insurers are withdrawing from markets across the country, leaving many families with fewer choices and less access to care than they had before – the opposite of what the law promised.”

The measure, which will require 51 votes to pass, is largely a symbolic one. Senate committees will still need to author legislation that will actually repeal the 2010 health care overhaul. That process will begin in the weeks ahead and is expected to wrap up by the end of the month. It’s expected to take more than a year for the GOP to come up with a replacement plan.

Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law warn that repealing the sweeping legislation without having a plan to replace it could strip millions of Americans of their insurance and threaten the stability of the country’s individual insurance market.

In 2016, nearly 588,000 Georgians enrolled in Obamacare plans through the law’s health insurance exchange. The exchanges are aimed at individuals and families who don’t get coverage through their employers.

Roughly 85 percent of Georgians with these plans qualify for tax subsidies, based on their incomes, to help make buying insurance affordable.

Nationwide, federal officials reported last month that exchange enrollment for 2017 remained strong and ahead of last year’s pace despite concerns about Obamacare’s future.

In Georgia, just over 352,000 people have selected Obamacare coverage so far — the fourth highest number among the states on the federal insurance exchange. That’s up about 1.9 percent from the same time last year.

The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution within the next week. The House is likely to vote on the resolution shortly thereafter.

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Herbert Massey
Herbert Massey

Fox News, wait,... Russia if you're listening... ...please tell the American people that the insurance industry is directly responsible for increased premiums, not The Affordable Care Act!

Barry Pendry
Barry Pendry

What everybody needs to realize is this will take 6 months to a year to actually happen....by then I won’t be surprised if Trump is already facing impeachment.

David L Roberts
David L Roberts

I really Love you republicans for its not the Affordable Care Act you hate but the President who helped 20 million people get insurance with a Republican Plan that your darling Mitt Romney came up with. The real reason you Hate Obamacare is because Obama is too much of a Black whiteman for your taste. I know what you think how could a black man be so much like you in his Intelligrnce and Grace, when you only think you are.

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

Rotten self serving republicans love to threaten Americans!

Laur Downing
Laur Downing

These jerks have spent more time in the last 4 yrs on trying to get rid of this,than on anything else put before them. When it comes to the middle class,the GOP says NO. They have no new plan ready to replace it and they don't care because THEY are all rich and have full health coverage. That party disgusts me. All they care about is their own wallets.

Gary Baxter
Gary Baxter

spoken like a true indoctrinated radical progressive Democrat. Keep following that narrative Laur, make them proud.

Maureen Duca
Maureen Duca

Just don't get sick if you are poor! That's most of us even you Lou Davis!

Don Dodge
Don Dodge

so i guess they really don't want poor people to have health care insurance. guess if you don't have money, they'd rather you get sick and die.

Don Dodge
Don Dodge

Johnny Clay Cupp Sr. the aca saved countless lives. i'm one of them. without it, i'd be dead. so you'd rather me and others like me just die?

Johnny Clay Cupp Sr.
Johnny Clay Cupp Sr.

Don Dodge if you spent 40 years in the steel and retired that means you should be on SSG Obamacare is for the ones that don't have IND you have medcar

Jake Goodale
Jake Goodale

okay thats cool, but you better have a plan to reign in soaring healthcare costs. The fact of the matter is, insurance would not even be necessary if medical care was reasonably priced instead of a bag of saline costing $1,000.

Don Dodge
Don Dodge

exactly Jake. a friend of mine was burned in a house fire. while in the burn unit, they had to give him a bath. they charged 5000 for that bath. yes. you read right 5000 dollars. for a frickin bath, THERE is the problem with health care.

Ricky Poole
Ricky Poole

I can't wait till Obama and Michelle is out of the office this has been a long 8 years 8 years of nothing I hate him so much just leave leave

Butch Harris
Butch Harris

You bye - bye Obama all you want to Republican cause Trump don't give a damn about you either , ell ur not RICH

Madeline Wells Smith
Madeline Wells Smith

Why, Jackie Evans? It's true. If you're not in the 1% tRump doesn't know you exist.

Bonnie Dee
Bonnie Dee

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Mike Willis
Mike Willis

Insurance will never be cheap bc of CEOs out rageous bonuses and billionaires in charge in Washington giving rich tax breaks

Priscilla Jones
Priscilla Jones

Can we take away congress medical benefits like they are trying to take ours

Cerulean Rich
Cerulean Rich

GOP Plan: Don't get sick, if you get sick, die quickly to stay out of debt.

Robert Randolph
Robert Randolph

This has been long over due. It's a colossal failure.

Tammy Britton
Tammy Britton

I pay $1547 a month for health insurance. do people know what Obamacare really is. I am one happy because my son can stay on my plan. Pre existing is very important to me.so many other good things. Some people think that Obamacare was for blacks but more white people are on the plan. The price can go down if every state participated in it. This was a republican plan.

Nate Lindquist
Nate Lindquist

I am self-employed currently have healthcare in Colorado through Obamacare: It costs me half of what I was paying before. As far as I've seen, the Republicans, who claim to have great ideas about how to "fix" health care in this country, have offered no replacement. They are willing to simply thrown 20 million people off health coverage. They really are the party of the rich elites.

Tammy Britton
Tammy Britton

Obamacare is not going anywhere did you not listen yesterday it will take them 2 years to figure this out 2 years.

Mott Bradley
Mott Bradley

The dumb things people say...it's always been the Affordable Healthcare Act...idiots.

Jonathan A. Canales
Jonathan A. Canales

Single payer or no deal, what we have is just guaranteed money for insurance companies.

Bev Cappadonia
Bev Cappadonia

Politicians should not be the ones who set up Health Plans or health insurances ...should be Doctors and Nurses...Period!

John Brown
John Brown

Universal healthcare is the only answer. Duh.

Susan Geisel
Susan Geisel

So how do they plan to replace it? They have had six years to fix it or replace it. Sadly, no new ideas, no initiative, and no leadership. The GOP thinks it is still 1945.

Brent Headley
Brent Headley

Vance Croft If you can't pay to play, you end up losing. Sorry, but I'm not about socialism.

Brent Headley
Brent Headley

Here's another quote for you: Contrary to the common criticism from Democrats, however, the GOP’s failure to back up its talk with action hasn’t stemmed from a lack of ideas. Republicans have plenty of ideas for how to overhaul the health-care system—they’ve just never been able to agree on enough of them to pass a plan through Congress.

Jimbo Bundy
Jimbo Bundy

Vance Croft you're not making the point you think you are.

Mike Baxter
Mike Baxter

How about the Government just leave healthcare alone?

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Brent Headley Republican Healthcare plan: Hurry up and DIE!!

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Republican Obamacare replacement plan: hurry up and die and give tax cuts for billionaires

Brent Headley
Brent Headley

Susan Geisel We have to work together, not against.

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Brent Headley ... if you drive a car, you're a socialist. If you depend upon the military to protect us from foreign invaders, you're a socialist. If you own a health insurance policy, you're a socialist. If you rely upon police and fire departments, you're a socialist.

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Johnny Clay Cupp Sr. republican healthcare plan: Hurry up and die and give tax cuts for billionaires

Brent Headley
Brent Headley

There have actually been multiple proposals over the last 4 years and Obama has vetoed them all. You can utilize the internet to take a look at the proposals and see if they align with what you believe would be a good change or not.

Susan Geisel
Susan Geisel

Brent, there have been no proposals and no vetoes. The only thing that the GOP has offered is repeal. A repeal with nothing to replace it will likely throw the whole system into chaos.

Maureen Duca
Maureen Duca

Vance Croft Yes! They really do want poor people dead !That is not a joke! Many will die! Paul Ryan will be so happy!

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Brent Headley Republican Obamacare replacement plan: hurry up and die and give tax cuts to billionaires

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Mike Baxter ....how about the government leave the military alone, leave infrastructure alone, leave education alone, give all tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires and let everybody else die.

Bud Elkins
Bud Elkins

Susan Geisel In the Senate, the Democrats gained eight seats to hold 57 out of 100 seats. At the time, there were two Independent Senators, and each was expected to vote for the law. The Democrats needed one more seat in the Senate to gain a supermajority, which is 60 seats, and ensure that the Republicans would be unable to block the passage with a filibuster.

Bud Elkins
Bud Elkins

In the Senate, the Democrats gained eight seats to hold 57 out of 100 seats. At the time, there were two Independent Senators, and each was expected to vote for the law. The Democrats needed one more seat in the Senate to gain a supermajority, which is 60 seats, and ensure that the Republicans would be unable to block the passage with a filibuster.

Ray Almeida
Ray Almeida

A plan for repeal is not the same as a plan for replacement. We will cautiously see what happens to healthcare. Just because I have healthcare through my job doesn't mean I don't care about what will happen to others. What I do know is that if the repeal does go into effect Congress should also strip themselves of healthcare and give lifetime healthcare to our servicemembers. If they aren't willing to do that then no deal.

Steve Burnside
Steve Burnside

Brent Headley if you want to work together then why repeal in the first place? it woudl be much easier to build onto the existing plan with one or two of those ideas they have then remove it and continuing arguing over what to replace it with. republicans are the ones not workign with people. if they were they could have improved the ACA and removed the problems instead of whining about it and throwing a fit cause they didn't get their way. And repealing something when you have no clear plan to replace it with is the stupidest thing to do. You even said it yourself. they can't agree on anything about healthcare, so the best plan to use is the one that is already in place.