Legislative update: House passes reconciliation bill, includes heath care repeal

House passes reconciliation bill, heath care repeal

The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The vote was 240 to 189, and was mostly along party lines. The bill would repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”) including:

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  • The individual and employer mandates 
  • The 2.3% medical device excise tax 
  • The so-called “Cadillac tax” on certain employer-provided health benefits 
  • Certain health benefit related reporting requirements

The bill also includes measures to impose a moratorium related to federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

What’s next?

This legislation is part of the reconciliation process authorized in S. Con. Res. 11 (i.e., the congressional FY 2016 budget, not the administration’s FY 2016 budget proposals).  

Now that the House has passed the bill, it will be sent to the Senate for consideration. Special procedural protections referred to as “reconciliation” are expected to apply in the Senate—including rules limiting the ability of senators to filibuster the legislation. As a result, the legislation could be approved by the Senate with 51 votes, rather than the 60 votes often needed to end filibusters initiated in opposition to controversial legislation. The fate of the bill in the Senate is unclear.

In connection with an earlier House effort to repeal “Obamacare,” the White House indicated that the president would veto such legislation if it were to reach his desk. Read a February 2015 Statement of Administration Policy [PDF 332 KB]

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