They promised it on the 2014 campaign trail, but the new Republican majority in Congress is facing the reality of trying to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, and they’re not sure yet how to do it.
The House this week will take a definitive, but futile, first step.
They’ll vote to fully repeal Obamacare, an exercise that the GOP-led House has conducted a half-dozen times since the law passed.
This week’s vote will carry much more significance, however, because House lawmakers will send the legislation to a Senate that is under Republican control for the first time in 8 years.
“It’s a promise to the American people from the last election that we would make every attempt to repeal it,” Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told the Washington Examiner. “We intend to keep our promise.”
But the legislation has little chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats control enough votes to block it with a filibuster. If it did defy the odds and pass the House, Obama would veto the bill anyway.