Senators DeMint and Vitter Introduce Obamacare Repeal Bills

Yesterday, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act And earlier today, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced his own bill to repeal Obamacare.

Senator Vitter’s bill would repeal Obamacare and everything that was passed under reconciliation, including the government takeover of the student loan industry. Senator DeMint’s bill is identical to H.R.2, the version passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month (it does not include anything on student loans).

Although the path to a repeal vote in the Senate remains unclear, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that some sort of vote on repeal will take place in the Senate this year; and last night, he took procedural steps to work towards a vote on the House passed bill.

What remains unclear is if Senator McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will be able to come to an agreement regarding how to bring either bill to the Senate floor. Assuming they are not able to reach any sort of an agreement, Senator Reid might move to table the repeal  legislation or try another procedural trick to prevent a clean vote. In 2010, Senator Reid moved to table an amendment repealing Obamacare offered by Senator Vitter (R-LA) (S.Amdt. 3553 to H.R. 4872) and all Republicans present voted against tabling the amendment (Senators Bond and Isakson did not vote).

A straight up-or-down vote is the best way for the Senate to handle this issue. Heritage Action will continue to support legislation that fully repeals Obamacare and will advocate for a clean vote on full repeal.

Please Share Your Thoughts
  • http://DearCongressman.net ChrisNJ

    Reid & the Dems have painted themselves into strategic corner after strategic corner. Now, if they undermine the filibuster rule, they will open the way for a bare majority to pass a repeal of Obamacare.

    Dems are a lot of bluff and bluster, and if it weren’t for the continued propping up by a subservient media, they would be more easily and clearly seen as the incompetent socialist morons that they are.

  • http://DearCongressman.net ChrisNJ

    Reid & the Dems have painted themselves into strategic corner after strategic corner. Now, if they undermine the filibuster rule, they will open the way for a bare majority to pass a repeal of Obamacare.

    Dems are a lot of bluff and bluster, and if it weren’t for the continued propping up by a subservient media, they would be more easily and clearly seen as the incompetent socialist morons that they are.

  • http://facebook Kritisa Baxter

    It has to be repealed. Every last bit of it.

  • http://facebook Kritisa Baxter

    It has to be repealed. Every last bit of it.

  • Judith Weiss

    This is going to be LONG, HARD fight. The Dems will try every trick in the book. Perhaps the longer it takes to get rid of this disaster, people will start to see the effects in their own healthcare and begin to put real pressure on the Dems.

    • Todd Wolf

      Those who gave Obamacare the benefit of the doubt are having their doubts. There is no doubt, that concerns about the consequences, intended and unintended, are negatively affecting the health of those who doubted and those who didn’t alike. No doubt about it.

  • Judith Weiss

    This is going to be LONG, HARD fight. The Dems will try every trick in the book. Perhaps the longer it takes to get rid of this disaster, people will start to see the effects in their own healthcare and begin to put real pressure on the Dems.

    • Todd Wolf

      Those who gave Obamacare the benefit of the doubt are having their doubts. There is no doubt, that concerns about the consequences, intended and unintended, are negatively affecting the health of those who doubted and those who didn’t alike. No doubt about it.