A vote in the House of Representatives on Friday put in place the process of repealing Obamacare.
The resolution, which passed 227-198, will allow Congress to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act through the means of budget reconciliation, which was how it became law in 2010.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan called the resolution’s passage a “critical first step toward delivering relief to Americans struggling under this law.”
“This experiment has failed. This law is collapsing while we speak. We have to step in before things gets worse. This is nothing short of a rescue mission,” Ryan added.
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Ryan pointed out failed promises made by the president and others who supported Obamacare, including “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” which even the left-leaning Politifact labeled the 2013 “lie of the year.”
The Speaker also noted that a third of all counties in the United States have one choice for an insurance provider and five states only have one insurer in the exchange.
“If you have one choice, that’s not a choice, it’s a monopoly,” Ryan contended.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who famously said in 2009, “We have to pass the bill, so you can find out what is in it,” called the Republican-led plans to repeal the law a “cut and run.”
“The Republican replacement plan is cut and run. Cut benefits, cut investments and hospitals that care for our people, cut jobs. It’s with no positive upside to it,” Pelosi said on Friday. ‘We are not going to identify ourselves with cut and run, cutting benefits, cutting of those covered and cutting the savings that we have there.”
While some Republicans have advocated repealing Obamacare piecemeal, Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday, “[W]e want to advance repealing this law with its replacement at the same time.”
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