Reconciliation: Americans deserve the full repeal of Obamacare
This week, the House will be considering the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would repeal the individual and employer mandates from Obamacare, as well as place a one-year moratorium on some Planned Parenthood funding. Heritage Action has endorsed the use of the tool to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, but believes this use of reconciliation is a mistake and that the bill should be opposed.
In the Obamacare fight, reconciliation’s aim is to set a legislative precedent for a Republican president to follow. Forcing a presidential veto of a bill repealing Obamacare will cause every presidential candidate to answer a simple question – what would you have done? Every serious Republican candidate will answer that they would repeal it in a heartbeat. But if reconciliation is simply used to remove a few provisions, it does not provoke the conversation and force a Republican nominee to continue to support repealing Obamacare in its entirety.
In addition to leaving one of Planned Parenthood’s main funding sources intact, the reconciliation tool is ineffective in defunding Planned Parenthood because it does not contain sufficient leverage to succeed. The reconciliation tool can only place a standalone bill on the President’s desk, which would be promptly vetoed. But because of the recent Center for Medical Progress videos, there is sufficient political will to carry a defund effort past the finish line. Those seeking to use reconciliation for Planned Parenthood prematurely concede defeat and content themselves with “putting a bill on the President’s desk,” when a legislative rider on the continuing resolution could succeed.