Congressional Republicans are using a procedural tool called “reconciliation” to repeal a miniscule number of Obamacare provisions, according to Chris Jacobs of the Conservative Review:
Lost in the noise amidst Speaker Boehner’s resignation last week was the House of Representatives’ decision to begin moving its budget reconciliation bill. Earlier this spring, conservatives voted for the budget blueprint in both the hope and expectation that the reconciliation bill coming from that budget would be used to put full repeal of Obamacare on President Obama’s desk. But based on the newly released legislative proposals, those expectations have been disappointed.
Just as important, however, the Obamacare legislative proposals are limited to the following provisions:
- Repeal of the law’s auto-enrollment mandate for employers;
- Repeal of the Prevention and Public Health “slush fund;”
- Repeal of the individual mandate;
- Repeal of the employer mandate;
- Repeal of the tax on medical devices;
- Repeal of the “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer health plans; and
- Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
That’s it. Under the proposed reconciliation instructions, a grand total of seven out of Obamacare’s 419 legislative sections—just over one percent of the law—would actually be repealed.