Congressional GOP Planning Rollback Of Individual Health Law Provisions
As the House Rules Committee schedules a hearing on the bill to repeal the full 2010 health law, Republican members and staff examine how to target individual provisions through budget reconciliation.
Politico Pro: Gaming Out Repeal By Reconciliation
If Mitt Romney wins the White House and Republicans take back total control of Congress in November, their combined forces can take a pretty big legislative wrecking ball to the Democrats' health care law. What's left in the rubble could cause some pretty serious policy headaches. GOP Hill aides are still working through the details of what they can rip out from the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation — the same complex process used to usher through final passage of the health law more than two years ago. There's broad agreement Republicans could use the legislative maneuver to go after the law's individual mandate — and it doesn't matter whether it's a "tax" or a "penalty," either is fair game under reconciliation (Millman and DoBias, 7/6).
Louisville Courier-Journal: Mitch McConnell Vows To Repeal Healthcare Reform Law
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday continued his election-year call to repeal the health care overhaul law recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, telling a Louisville audience that it will be first on the agenda if Republicans win control in November. ... The speech came several days after McConnell suggested to Hardin Memorial Hospital workers that repealing the law could be a tough battle, saying "it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place" (Kenning, 7/6)
National Journal: Rules Committee To Hold 'Emergency' Meeting Monday On Health Care Repeal
The House Rules Committee will convene in an expedited meeting on Monday to consider a measure to repeal President Obama's signature health care reform law, according to a statement from the panel's spokesman. Under committee rules, Monday's business is considered an "emergency" meeting because a hardcopy of the introduced measure must be available to members of the panel at least 24 hours before a meeting. While the text is available online now, the bill is not expected to be introduced until Monday, said committee spokesman Doug Andres (Catalini, 7/5).
Meanwhile, Hill Democrats say donors are showing support for the law.
Roll Call: DSCC Raised $2.5 Million After Supreme Court Ruling
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had a big two days after the Supreme Court upheld the president’s health care reform law. From last Thursday through Saturday, the DSCC raised $2.5 million. According to a DSCC statement, "On the Thursday of the ruling, the committee shattered the previous record for number of online contributions in one day." The group's House counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, experienced a similar burst after the ruling (Livingston, 7/5).