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.

President Trump: Obamacare Repeal May Take Until 2018


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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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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