Hatch: GOP willing to repeal Obamacare with no Democrats

Hatch's committee is working on a bill to repeal and partially replace big parts of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)A top Senate Republican signaled Monday afternoon that while Republicans are looking for Democratic cooperation as they dismantle Obamacare, the GOP is willing to go it alone.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said there are just three numbers that matter when it comes to repeal: 218 (a House majority), 51 (a Senate majority) and 1 (President Trump). Hatch's committee is working on a budget reconciliation bill to repeal and partially replace big parts of the Affordable Care Act.

"While I'd like to see the final product pass by larger numbers… those numbers give us a clear picture as to what kind of consensus is necessary," Hatch said. But he added that "218, 51 and 1 have to be the standard by which we judge any alternatives."

Republicans currently have the majorities in both the House and Senate to pass the reconciliation bill, and Trump has said he'd sign it. But while leadership had promised to pass a repeal bill quickly, the effort is taking longer than they originally indicated and may not finished for some weeks or months.

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I see THIS DISCUSSION Oren, I do NOT see your posts on Convention Of States.

i don't see why not it was passed without one republican vote

Ok rino stop talking and trying to make everyone see how important you are and do it, repeal Obama care. Damn that's all these sob do is talk shit. Damn they make me sick to my stomach. I don't cars what skin they wear Republican or Democrat they are lying cheating con artist every damn one. At some point the party of civility is going to say we have had enough and TSWHTF.

Then repeal it now, dammit, NOW NOW NOW!!!  This mess is the DEMOCRATS' doing, NOT OURS!!!  Life will return to normal MUCH FASTER for the MOST PEOPLE if there is simply NO FEDGOV healthcare to run over everyone... INCLUDING EMPLOYERS WHO WANT TO HIRE NEW, FULL-TIME WORKERS!!!

Did Hatch or any other stupid Republican think democrats were going to vote F O R dismantling
or REPEAL of their signature legislation ? ? ?


...we've heard your bravado before, only to see it retracted and replaced with - -- 'We have to wait until after the next election to have the numbers' , which is already starting to hit the news headlines again now.

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republicans wanting it replaced or repaired, or just useful rhetoric for another campaign cycle are not in the least concerned with the economic or constitutional effects of federal government grabbing unconstitutional authority over our health care.

yep, me too Oren.


just more evidence in a already YUGE stack of evidence that it doesn't matter if they wear red or blue ties, politicians are predominantly lowlife snake oil peddlers. Why so many want them ruling over every aspect of life is beyond me.

they are about to rake in billions taking away peoples income taxes they aren't going to do anything until they clean out the working poor        they could at least do away with the mandate fine before tax time

Ricky - 

You bring up a very good point.  

How many of the untold number of taxes buried in the Obamacare regulations are already effective for the 2016 tax year?  Is it a sufficient number, with a sufficient fiscal impact to warrant the spendthrift politicians (of both parties) to delay action until after tax deadline?  

I think so they could repeal the mandate today and let people keep their income tax and obamacare would end april 15  without doing anything more

setting politics aside, and focusing on healthcare...

watching those around me who have had health problems the past few years, I see a whole lot of frustration with the system. And having it compounded by the system designed to go to the next specialist in the process, and then the next, and the next, and the next, etc...

What I see most is spending a whole lot of time repeatedly going to doctors, with poor results - or nothing accomplished at all. Except for scheduling your next doctors appointment.  

Why bother?  it just looks like another source of anger to me. One that costs a lot of money too.

....and isn't that just exactly what we've learned to expect when fed/gov is in charge?

REPEAL - now! Screw 'replace' or 'repair', they don't address the issue.




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Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …


DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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