The GOP-led House of Representatives has followed through on its word by voting to repeal Obamacare, but the future of the bill remains uncertain as Senate leaders debate its fate.
On Jan. 19, the House voted 245-189 to turn back the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a $1 trillion, 10-year package that will, among other provisions, require all Americans to obtain healthcare insurance or face fines. During the campaign cycle preceding the 2010 midterm elections, many Republicans vowed to make a repeal of the law their top priority in 2011.
Two weeks into the 112th Congressional session, GOP lawmakers committed to their promises and delivered what will likely be remembered as a symbolic vote, considering that Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate and President Barack Obama can veto the repeal.
"Repeal means paving the way for better solutions that will lower the cost without destroying jobs or bankrupting our government," said Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), quoted by The New York Times. “Repeal means keeping a promise. This is what we said we would do."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has pledged to prevent a repeal vote on Obamacare, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised that a vote will occur. Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, told FOX News that "we have ways" to prompt the Senate vote.
House Republicans are prepared for the healthcare repeal to stall in Congress. Thus, they have started to direct committees that will determine specific provisions of Obamacare that they believe should be reversed.