Politics

Despite President's Veto Of Obamacare Repeal, Republicans Promise To Keep Fighting

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted in 2010, but President Barack Obama is continuing the fight for his signature piece of legislation. On Jan. 8, Obama vetoed a bill that would have repealed the healthcare law. 

"This legislation would not only repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving health care in America,” Obama wrote in a letter to members of the House of Representatives, according to NBC News.

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"Republicans in the Congress have attempted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act over 50 times. Rather than re-fighting old political battles by once again voting to repeal basic protections that provide security for the middle class, members of Congress should be working together to grow the economy, strengthen middle-class families, and create new jobs."

The bill sought to dismantle requirements that people get healthcare coverage and that employers offer it to their workers, among other things, the Associated Press reports.

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The Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act also would have defunded Planned Parenthood.

The bill largely passed on partisan lines because the Republican majority used the push for budget reconciliation in December to bypass a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

Despite the veto, Republicans aren’t backing down.

"We have now shown that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate," House Speaker Paul Ryan said, according to AP. "So, next year, if we're sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law. Obamacare will be gone. ... It's just a matter of time.”

Sources: AP via ABC News, NBC News / Photo credit: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons