Republicans won’t succeed in their most strategic move yet to repeal Obamacare, but they’re laying out a roadmap for killing the healthcare law if they win the White House next year.
The House is poised to pass a bill Friday that uses special rules known as “budget reconciliation” to get rid of some of the healthcare law’s biggest provisions, including its individual and employer mandates to buy coverage, its taxes on high-cost health plans and medical device manufacturers, and an independent board charged with cutting Medicare costs.
The rules will allow Senate Republicans to pass the repeal measure this year or next with just 51 votes instead of 60, sending it to President Obama’s desk for a likely veto. But despite that roadblock, Republicans see the process as one that will not just score them political points in the elections, but also give them a sense of what they will be able to repeal in the healthcare law.
“The GOP Congress has to show resolve more than anything,” said Republican pollster Wes Anderson. “Obama vetoes are a good thing for us at this point.”