Letter to the Candidates — Promise to Repeal Obamacare

January 5, 2016

Dear Republican Presidential Candidates,

On Wednesday, the House will vote to send a bill to President Obama’s desk that would repeal significant portions of Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process. This congressional effort and the forthcoming presidential veto will provide momentum to help make the full repeal of Obamacare a reality in 2017.

Heritage Action has long supported full repeal of Obamacare and outlined a path forward using the budget reconciliation process last year. The 2012 Republican Party Platform was explicit:

“Congressional Republicans are committed to its repeal; and a Republican President, on the first day in office, will use his legitimate waiver authority under that law to halt its progress and then will sign its repeal. Then the American people, through the free market, can advance affordable and responsible healthcare reform that meets the needs and concerns of patients and providers.”

An ironclad commitment to repeal the entire law will keep Obamacare and its disastrous side effects at the forefront of the campaign. The next administration should:

  1. use every executive power at its disposal to halt the implementation of Obamacare-related federal regulation of the insurance market;
  2. ensure the Vice President presides over the Senate during reconciliation to guarantee complete and full repeal is achieved through the reconciliation process; and
  3. sign a complete and full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including all provisions relating to federal regulation of the insurance market, into law.

A strong majority of Americans believe Congress should use the same process to repeal Obamacare that was used to pass the law. They are right. America cannot afford another four more years of Obamacare.


Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer

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MEMO: How to Repeal All of Obamacare with Reconciliation

To:                   Interested Parties
From:              Heritage Action for America
Date:               July 28, 2015
Subject:          How to Repeal All of Obamacare with Reconciliation

Three years ago, Senate Republicans committed to using the budget reconciliation process to repeal Obamacare.  As such, it is no surprise the Republican budget conference agreement “affirms the use of reconciliation for the sole purpose of repealing the President’s job-killing health care law.”

Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Mike Lee issued a joint press release pledging to, as McConnell said, “continue our effort to use reconciliation — as the budget makes clear — to fulfill the promise we made to our constituents.”  Earlier this month, McConnell sought to downplay expectations by saying the Senate would “consider using budget reconciliation for repealing as much of Obamacare as is reconcilable” but cautioned “there are certain rules that have to be applied to what is reconcilable.”  His comments raised concerns — especially among conservative House members — that the Senate is procedurally unable to place a reconciliation bill that fully repeals Obamacare on the president’s desk.

Those concerns are overblown as a clear path forward exists.

Read the entire memo.

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Obamacare: “Classic Central Planning” and “A Third World Experience”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is taking continued heat from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) who blames her and HHS for failing to “educate” people about the ridiculously complex Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

It’s her fault, according to Baucus, that Obamacare is going to be a “train wreck.”  Is it reasonable to blame Sebelius for Obamacare’s failures?  The Heritage Foundation’s Robert E. Moffit explains the difficulties she’s had implementing the law:

Last year, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Katherine Sebelius announced her department could not implement the long-term care component of Obamacare. Financially, she said, it was simply not workable. And just this month Sebelius announced that she was postponing a program designed to allow small businesses to offer more than one plan for their workers. Meanwhile, more than half the states have declined to set up a ‘health insurance exchange” under the burdensome terms and conditions of the law, leaving it to Washington to do it for them.

Kathleen Sebelius may or may not be failing at her job, but Mr. Baucus fails to see the real problem: Obamacare was always destined to be a train wreck. 

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