Reid Blocks Latest GOP Effort To Repeal Health Law
Senate Republicans had advanced the repeal effort as an amendment to the Bring Jobs Home Act. Meanwhile, House conservatives, who have also pressed to undo the health law, say state lawmakers now may be on the frontlines of the fight.
The Hill: Reid Blocks GOP Amendment To Repeal Affordable Care Act
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) again blocked a Senate vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Republicans had offered it as an amendment to the Bring Jobs Home Act, which has a procedural vote Thursday afternoon. Reid said Republicans aren't taking the "insourcing" bill seriously based on the amendments they've offered. "The only amendments I've seen are three in number — the Republicans have suggested to do away with the Affordable Care Act, to re-establish the Bush tax cuts and the Hatch tax measure," Reid said. "Those have absolutely nothing to do with outsourcing" (Cox, 7/19).
Politico Pro: House Conservatives To States: Kill Reform
House conservatives said they still want to take shots at President Barack Obama's health care law but concede that the best opportunity to repeal it rests with state lawmakers. "I think the onus is now on state governments to not create state health care exchanges," Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said. "That's the real path to bringing down Obamacare at this point, at least during this Congress" (Dobias, 7/19).