Repeal of ObamaCare won’t happen as long as Obama is President, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be repealed when he’s gone and that opponents shouldn’t actively push repeal while Obama is still in office.
Currently, the legislative vehicle for repeal is H.R. 4972: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is gathering signatures on a discharge petition that would force a vote on his bill, HR 4972.
H.R. 4972 currently offers the most practical solution to repeal Obamacare. At only 40 words, the language is simple:
“Effective as of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.”
The discharge petition: 170 signatures and counting
As Rep. King notes on his website:
“Efforts to repeal the deeply unpopular Obamacare bill continue to gather momentum. We now have 170 members of the House of Representatives on record calling for full repeal of Obamacare, including Republican Leader Boehner, Republican Whip Cantor and GOP Conference Chairman Pence. I expect these numbers to continue to swell.”
Repealing Obamacare and replacing it with common-sense health reforms that improve health and healthcare delivery, increase access through lowering costs, protect life-saving medical innovations, dramatically reduce healthcare fraud and making effective use of health information technology is the real reform we need.
So, the question is: “Will Tom Mullins, Jon Barela, Steve Pearce, and Rep. Teague who voted against the bill twice in the House, pledge to vote to repeal ObamaCare? Conservatives and other opponents of the federal health care takeover have the most power they are going to have right now. Once candidates turn to Representatives, the pressure will be on from lobbyists to keep the status quo.
If I hear directly from the candidates on this issue, I will post the results here.