Late last night, the Senate voted in favor of passing a budget blueprint for repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to an article in today’s New York Times.
Republicans have long been dissatisfied with the Act, considered one of the hallmarks of the Obama administration. The party has promised swift repeal of the ACA in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, stating that the process will be one of “repeal and replace.” Yet despite how details of that replacement plan have been sparse, the recent Senate vote shows that the incoming administration intends to continue moving forward to repeal the Act.
Republican Senator of Wyoming and chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Michael B. Enzi spoke to the party’s intention for a repeal and replace procedure:
The Obamacare bridge is collapsing, and we’re sending in a rescue team. Then we’ll build new bridges to better health care, and finally, when these new bridges are finished, we’ll close the old bridge.
The blueprints set the stage for a future reconciliation bill which will be able to repeal many parts of the ACA. Having passed the Senate, the resolution will now make its way to the House, although the vote may be delayed due to many representatives’ hesitation concerning the lack of a replacement plan.