For the first time, Congress will send a bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama’s desk.
Republicans in Congress used the budget reconciliation process—a fast-track method to avoid a filibuster from Senate Democrats—to pass the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act earlier this month. The GOP-controlled House will vote on the bill next week.
“You can use this bill once a year and we used it for this,” House Speaker Paul Ryan recently said on Bill Bennett’s radio show.
“In doing so, we’re forcing the president to confront the failures of this law once and for all,” a statement from Ryan’s office said. Although the House has passed several repeal measures, this is the first to reach Obama’s desk.
“This bill effectively repeals the mandates and taxes at the heart of the law.”