The Tools It Takes to Repeal Obamacare

John Boehner

Obamacare has failed the American people—and things are only getting worse. When Congress reconvenes in January, we will begin the process of reversing the damage caused by Obamacare by passing the legislative tools necessary to repeal it. To achieve a stronger, more patient-centered health care system, we first have to fix what isn’t working. 

Keeping a Promise 
As part of our Better Way agenda, Republicans proposed a plan to repeal this disastrous law—and in 2017, we’ll keep our word. Given the dire situation facing our country, the time to act is now to deliver immediate relief for the American people. 

A Repeal Resolution 
The first step is the repeal resolution—a simple budget resolution that will set the stage for repeal and a stable transition period toward a better health care system. This repeal resolution will include what are called reconciliation instructions. In short, reconciliation is a tool that allows designated committees to produce legislation that can later be passed with a simple majority in the Senate. To get this reconciliation tool, however, the House and Senate must first both pass this repeal resolution. Once they do, we’ll move to step two: the reconciliation process. 

Committees Get to Work
In January 2016, we demonstrated that we can repeal Obamacare and send it to the president’s desk without being filibustered in the Senate. This is what makes reconciliation so important (see step one.) So the next step in the process is for certain committees to produce actual legislation to repeal the parts of Obamacare in their jurisdiction. 

Once the various committees produce and pass their pieces, they are sent to the Budget Committee, which will compile the text into one complete, straightforward piece of legislation to repeal Obamacare. After the Budget Committee passes that bill, it’s ready for consideration by the full House. And once it’s passed by the House, the reconciliation package will then be considered under expedited procedures through the Senate—and ultimately be delivered to the president’s desk for signature into law.

A Better Way
Long story short: Repealing Obamacare will be done through a two-step process: a budget resolution and then a reconciliation bill. Once law, there will be a stable transition period to ensure no one has the rug pulled out from under them as we get on the path to a #BetterWay for your health care: lower costsmore choices, and more control. To learn more about our ideas, visit

This is the fourth piece in an ongoing series. 
Part 1: Repeal Is Relief
Part 2: ObamaCare Has Failed
Part 3: How ObamaCare Is Getting Worse

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