Overnight Healthcare: Republicans send ObamaCare repeal to White House

The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would repeal much of ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year, sending the measure to President Obama's desk.

The bill passed 240-181. Three Republicans – Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), and John Katko (R-N.Y.) – voted no. One Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), a vocal critic of abortion rights, supported the measure.  

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The vote makes good on a longstanding campaign promise from Republicans, who have been slammed by some in the party's conservative base for lacking a focus on ObamaCare repeal.

Obama is certain to veto the measure, but Republicans touted the vote as important step toward reversing the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of government it created.

Republicans say they are playing the long game with the repeal vote, hoping it will give voters a glimpse of how they would govern if they win back the White House in November. All of the GOP's presidential hopefuls have expressed support for rolling back the law.

Read more about the vote here. And in case you missed it during today's debate, one Democrat compared the ObamaCare vote to a giant plate of nachos.

Response from the Twitters:

@RepWestmoreland This is the FIRST TIME Congress has sent a full ObamaCare repeal bill to the President's desk: westmoreland.house.gov/press-releases...

@SpeakerRyan The president will defend #Obamacare at his #LastSOTU next week. We're putting a bill to repeal it #OnHisDesk. spkrryan.us/1OMvlT1

@SenSanders The last thing we need is a budget reconciliation bill that throws 17 million Americans off health insurance and defunds Planned Parenthood.

@FrankPallone It's a new year but @HouseGOP is up to the same, partisan stunts as they hold 62nd vote to gut the #ACA &deny #healthcare to 22mil Americans

@ChadPergram With 431 mbrs voting on bill to repeal Obamacare/defund Planned Parenthood, 2/3 for override would be 288 yeas. Only got 240 yeas.

WHAT'S NEXT? House Republican chairmen say they're kickstarting efforts to merge the more than 100 healthcare bills into a single piece of legislation to replace the healthcare law.

The process for doing that will be decided at next week's Republican retreat in Baltimore, a spokeswoman for the speaker's office said. ObamaCare is expected to be a major part of discussion. A vote to override President Obama's veto is expected by the end of January.

And until then, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan's home state highlights challenge for GOP high-risk insurer pools Trump 'disappointed' in congressional GOP Bipartisan push grows for new war authorization MORE (R-Wis.) will take a victory lap on their efforts on Thursday, holding a ceremony in the Rayburn Office Building at 4:30 p.m.

ELECTION TIME ALREADY? Shortly after the vote, the National Republican Campaign Committee began hitting Democrats in competitive districts in states like Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico. Members on the list include Democratic Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Peter Aguilar (Calif.), Gwen Graham (Fla.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.).

In a release targeting Rep. Ami BeraAmi BeraIndependent investigation into Russian interference needed House Democrats identify vulnerable incumbents for 2018 cycle Dems bringing young undocumented immigrants to Trump's speech MORE (D-Calif.), the group wrote: "In November, voters will hold Ami Bera and House Democrats accountable for continuing to support the President's failed health care law and ignoring what's right for American families."

SOME MEMBERS AGREE ON MORE $$ FOR MENTAL HEALTH: One day after President Obama called for a half-billion boost in mental health spending, a pair of lawmakers introduced a bill to boost funding for community health clinics.

The bill would expand on a 2014 law that provides funding for a trial program in eight states to create community mental health centers. The centers are to offer services such as 24-hour crisis psychiatric care. Read more here.

 

ON TAP TOMORROW

House Republicans will hold a bill signing ceremony in the Rayburn Room at 4:30 p.m. celebrating the passage of the ObamaCare repeal bill.

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzWhen political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in Chaffetz resting after 'successful' foot surgery Lawmakers reintroduce online sales tax bills MORE (R-Utah) speaks about government oversight at the Brookings Institution at 8:30 a.m.

WHAT WE'RE READING:

Paul Ryan's year of contrast begins with ObamaCare vote (Washington Post)

Providers say new Medicaid rule falls short of ensuring access to care (Modern Healthcare)

Medicaid may soon pay for some inpatient addiction treatments (NPR)

Expanding Medicaid improves health access (USA Today)

How John Kasich spurned the party line on ObamaCare (Washington Post)

IN THE STATES:

Ohio loses its latest challenge to ObamaCare (Cleveland.com)

Edwards sets July 1 for planned Medicaid expansion in Louisiana (AP

ObamaCare is here to stay, just look at Kentucky (Vox)

ICYMI FROM THE HILL:

Planned Parenthood: Rubio is a woman's 'worst nightmare'

Aetna to leave health insurer's trade group

 

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