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McConnell Pressed for Full Repeal of Obamacare

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Monday, 10 Nov 2014 10:27 AM

Leading conservatives have urged the Senate to pass a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act next year even if President Barack Obama vetoes it, according to The Hill.

They say that incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should employ a complicated procedural maneuver known as "reconciliation" to push through a bill.

"Republicans should use reconciliation to fully repeal Obamacare," said Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund. "Voters know that nothing is a bigger threat to the budget and our economy than Obamacare.

"Senator McConnell is on record saying that the law can be repealed with 51 votes and Republican voters expect him to keep his word."

Dan Holler, the communications director at Heritage Action, said that "the most important" measure for Republicans to pass next year would be to "use the reconciliation instructions to repeal Obamacare."

McConnell had suggested last week that Republicans could take advantage of reconciliation, although he did not say that he would use it to repeal Obama’s signature heathcare act.

"There are some things we can do with 51 votes," said the Kentucky senator.
Reconciliation, which can solely be used for legislation involving the federal budget, is the only way to repeal Obamacare because a 60-vote majority is needed to overcome filibusters, The Hill reports. However, certain conservatives think reconciliation would be a waste of time.

"Reconciliation works when you have a Republican president who will go with a Republican Congress. I don’t see a lot of opportunities," said Sal Russo, founder and chief strategist of the Tea Party Express.

"There are probably some Obamacare fixes that perhaps would have Democratic support — the medical device tax [repeal] — but if it gets too aggressive, it’s not going to stand a chance of getting past the president. I think it’s going to be a limited tool."

And Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told The Hill, "The constant effort to repeal Obamacare reminds me of how Democrats spent years and years opposing the Bush tax cuts even after they were well entrenched. I think the likelihood of repealing Obamacare is zilch."

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Leading conservatives have urged the Senate to pass a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act next year even if President Barack Obama vetoes it, according to The Hill.
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