GOP Plots Obamacare Repeal Votes

House Republicans are planning Obamacare repeal votes in the final few days before the Supreme Court announces a decision that could radically alter the law.

The House will vote the third week of June to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices, and its provision allowing for a board of appointees to cut Medicare doctor payments if the program’s spending grows too fast, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced in a memo to members.

The medical device tax has long topped lists of Obamacare provisions that have bipartisan opposition. And while Medicare costs haven’t yet grown fast enough to even trigger the formation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, this controversial board remains a political sticking point for the GOP.

“Beyond Obamacare’s added costs, reduced choice and access to Medicare Advantage plans for seniors, the law’s 15 person Independent Payment Advisory Board acts as a de facto rationing body through arbitrary cuts to providers that can effectively stop access to care in order to control costs,” McCarthy wrote.