“Since the very first moment that the American people understood the nature of Obamacare, a majority have called for a different direction, including hundreds of thousands that came to Washington to petition their government. Today we carry out our active, positive responsibility of representation and send a bill to repeal this corrosive law to the president’s desk. It will be vividly clear to all who is standing with the American people and actively representing their interests, and who is getting in the way of real solutions. However, this is just the next step in the process that we will continue to enact common sense patient-centered reform where patients and families and doctors are making medical decisions and not Washington D.C. Now, none of this could have happened without the productive and cooperative efforts of our leadership, the committee chairs involved, all members of our conference and our colleagues in the Senate. And we look forward to working together as we move in a better direction, all under the determined and focused leadership of our Speaker, Paul Ryan, we’re all committed to the challenge a bold positive legislative agenda on behalf of our great country. Speaker Ryan we’re honored to be with you today.” – Georgia Representative Tom Price (R – GA 6) at the press conference announcing the bill’s passage.
On the 64th attempt, the Republican-led House and Senate finally pushed through a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Democrats in the Senate, led by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, has successfully fought off previous bills sixty-three times. This time however, Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate used reconciliation, a budget mechanism previously used by Reid to pass the healthcare law, to push through the bill. House Speaker Ryan held an “enrollment ceremony” Thursday before sending the bill to the White House.
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