JORDAN SEKULOW, ACLJ
The Senate has just agreed to debate the repeal of ObamaCare. This is a massive first step toward undoing more than 7 years of taxes, mandates, and pro-abortion legislation that has crippled our healthcare system.
The motion to proceed to debate passed with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Pence. All Democrats and Republican Senators Collins and Murkowski (Sen. Murkowski previously voted for the 2015 repeal bill) voted against the motion to proceed to debate.
Here’s what the vote means:
The Senate will begin the process of debating the repeal of ObamaCare.
The next step is amendments. Possible amendments include the 2015 version of ObamaCare repeal and Planned Parenthood defunding that passed both the House and Senate a year and a half ago (and was later vetoed by President Obama), a repeal and replace bill that we have discussed before, a slimmed down repeal bill that just focuses on the mandates, and any number of other possible amendments. The number of possible amendments is unlimited.
The first amendment is the same bill that already passed both the House and Senate in 2015. It would repeal the ObamaCare mandates and defund Planned Parenthood.
The first amendment is guaranteed 2 hours of debate.
There will also be a pro-abortion push to strip the Planned Parenthood defunding language from the bill.
Each amendment will be debated and voted on. Then the bill, with all amendments that pass, will be voted on by the full Senate. This process could move quickly or take a number of days.
The vote to proceed with a debate is an important first step in creating a healthcare system that benefits the American people. It’s important to remember that the American people were promised healthcare reform – and now the focus is correctly on Congress to make that happen. There’s certain to be a lot of discussion and debate on the final measure that will be voted on in the days ahead. At the end of the day, though, Congress must approve a measure that provides affordable health care to all Americans. Opponents of ObamaCare have been promising such action for years. Now, it is time to deliver.
Now the hard work begins. It is time for the Senate to do exactly what it said it would do: repeal ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood. That is the solemn commitment the majority of Senators made to the American people. Now they MUST follow through. There is NO excuse.
We will continue to update this post with new information
Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.
Jordan Sekulow is an attorney and host of Jay Sekulow Live! and Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice’s (ACLJ) weekly television broadcast. Mr. Sekulow has served as a liaison between the ACLJ and its international affiliates. In 2014, he was appointed a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University at Harris Manchester College and served as a member of the Summer Research Institute at Oxford from 2014-2016. Sekulow is a graduate of Regent University School of Law, where he served as co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy.