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senate Bill S. Con. Res. 3

The Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and Starting the Obamacare Repeal Process

Argument in favor

Obamacare needs to be repealed, and this budget resolution will allow the reconciliation process to begin by giving committees a deadline of January 27 to produce a repeal bill.

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01/12/2017
Millions of people lost their coverage, their plans, their doctors and their jobs because of ObamaCare. It was a disastrous to a problem that had a very simple solution. Repealing and replacing will be the correct solution,
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01/12/2017
Socialism has no place in a free society. Obamacare has skyrocketed premiums for millions of Americans.
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Gregory's Opinion
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01/13/2017
I see a lot of people saying repealing this FAILED health insurance law ( I don't call it health care because you get health care from a doctor or hospital this law only focuses on insurance ) would leave thousands of people without health insurance. Well thanks to this FAILED law my insurance went up so high I could no longer afford it and had to take OBAMACARE. NOW I CAN'T SEE THE HEART DOCTOR THAT SAVED MY LIFE WHEN I HAD A HEART ATTACK BECAUSE OBAMACARE DOES NOT COVER HIM!!! So to all of you I say GO JUMP OFF A BRIDGE!!!! The government has no right to get involved in my health care or to force me to buy anything.
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Argument opposed

Obamacare needs to remain in effect, it has done too much for too many Americans and this budget resolution opens the door to its repeal on a purely partisan, simple majority vote.

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01/12/2017
If the Republican-controlled Senate is successful in passing this legislation, between 20 and 30 MILLION Americans will immediately lose their health insurance. Countless others will see their rates rise substantially. Millions more will lose their insurance over the coming years as their health costs rise and private companies are further enabled to withdraw coverage as the definition of 'pre-existing conditions' is expanded. While Republicans have assured the public that they will eventually replace the ACA, the current proposal is little more than a glorified individual savings account that can only be spent on government-approved health services (read: extremely limited gynocological care, with birth control and other family planning services probably fully exempt from coverage). If this legislation passes, the United States will once again be the ONLY DEVELOPED NATION whose citizens do not have universal health coverage. We are, per capita, the wealthiest nation on the planet. This is not a question of being able to afford the cost--study after study has proven that the preventative care made possible by the ACA will massively reduce our federal deficit. (The Congressional Budget Office has projected that by 2032, the ACA will have reduced the deficit by more than $1.6 trillion--an estimate that does not even factor in the increased productivity of a healthy populace and improved financial security of a population that doesn't have to worry about going bankrupt from medical bills. Remember, in the US last year, more than 62% of personal bankruptcies resulted from medical costs). Citizens of NO OTHER DEVELOPED NATION have to resort to charitable campaigns in order to pay for basic, life-saving care. (Still don't believe this is a problem? Go to gofundme.com and search the site with the term 'medical'. You'll find OVER 1.17 MILLION campaigns for help paying health care bills--and this is only one of DOZENS of such crowdfunding sites. As a point of comparison, such sites simply DO NOT EXIST for medical costs in any other developed nation.) We must stop this legislation from passing. Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) is leading the charge against the repeal effort, but he needs Republicans to join him in voting NO on this budget resolution. All of us--especially those with Republican senators--need to CONTACT OUR SENATORS and express our strong and loud support of the ACA. Our congressional representatives do respond to constituent pressure; we saw it in the House's last-minute abandonment of the bill to abolish the Office of Congressional Ethics last week. We need another groundswell response to the anti-ACA bill, and we need it NOW. It takes two minutes and could save trillions of dollars and MILLIONS OF LIVES.
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Janice's Opinion
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01/12/2017
It is irresponsible to repeal the ACA without a fully developed replacement. Health care is not a political football! It is essential that all citizens have access to affordable health insurance.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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01/12/2017
My family relies on this coverage to take it away without a comprehensive replacement is irresponsible at best and nefarious at worst. I will never again vote for any senator or representative that supports leaving our most marginalized citizens to fend for themselves. As a Christian I can't.
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concurrent resolution Progress


  • The house Passed January 13th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 227 Yea / 198 Nay
  • The senate Passed January 12th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 51 Yea / 48 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

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What is Senate Bill S. Con. Res. 3?

This resolution would outline a budget for fiscal year 2017 and start the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) by giving congressional committees instructions to produce a repeal bill by January 27, 2017 through the reconciliation process. It also outlines budget levels for future fiscal years through 2026, and reserves funds to be used on an Obamacare replacement.

Spending for fiscal year 2017 would be set at $3.264 trillion, while revenue to the government through taxes would be $2.682 trillion, resulting in a deficit of more than $582 billion. In 2026, it projects $4.673 trillion in spending, $3.903 trillion in tax revenue, and a deficit of $1.008 trillion.

This resolution gives four congressional committees reconciliation instructions so that Obamacare repeal legislation could be passed with a simple majority in the Senate rather than the usual 60 vote threshold. The four committees — Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce in the House, and the Senate’s Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — would need to achieve at least $1 billion in deficit reduction over the budget period and provide Obamacare repeal legislation to the Budget Committee by January 27, 2017. That $4 billion in deficit reduction would go to a reserve fund for the repeal legislation..

As a concurrent resolution, this legislation can’t become law so it wouldn’t go to the president’s desk for a signature. Concurrent resolutions are basically just Congress expressing their opinion on a policy matter, in this case on the budget and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It also doesn’t authorize any actual spending, instead it simply lays out budget levels that appropriators will have to work within.

Impact

The federal government; relevant congressional committees; and the Affordable Care Act.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Con. Res. 3

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: According to a press release from the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Mike Enzi (R-WY), Congress doesn’t intend to include broad, long-term policy reforms in this budget. Once it’s passed they will “begin work on a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which will include broader policy reforms and a comprehensive plan to achieve long-term fiscal sustainability.”


Of Note: The Senate held what’s known as a “vote-a-rama” which began in the evening of January 11 and lasted into the early morning hours of the following day. Despite casting dozens of votes on would-be amendments to the bill, none were adopted.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user NObamaNoMas)

Official Title

A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026.

    Millions of people lost their coverage, their plans, their doctors and their jobs because of ObamaCare. It was a disastrous to a problem that had a very simple solution. Repealing and replacing will be the correct solution,
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    If the Republican-controlled Senate is successful in passing this legislation, between 20 and 30 MILLION Americans will immediately lose their health insurance. Countless others will see their rates rise substantially. Millions more will lose their insurance over the coming years as their health costs rise and private companies are further enabled to withdraw coverage as the definition of 'pre-existing conditions' is expanded. While Republicans have assured the public that they will eventually replace the ACA, the current proposal is little more than a glorified individual savings account that can only be spent on government-approved health services (read: extremely limited gynocological care, with birth control and other family planning services probably fully exempt from coverage). If this legislation passes, the United States will once again be the ONLY DEVELOPED NATION whose citizens do not have universal health coverage. We are, per capita, the wealthiest nation on the planet. This is not a question of being able to afford the cost--study after study has proven that the preventative care made possible by the ACA will massively reduce our federal deficit. (The Congressional Budget Office has projected that by 2032, the ACA will have reduced the deficit by more than $1.6 trillion--an estimate that does not even factor in the increased productivity of a healthy populace and improved financial security of a population that doesn't have to worry about going bankrupt from medical bills. Remember, in the US last year, more than 62% of personal bankruptcies resulted from medical costs). Citizens of NO OTHER DEVELOPED NATION have to resort to charitable campaigns in order to pay for basic, life-saving care. (Still don't believe this is a problem? Go to gofundme.com and search the site with the term 'medical'. You'll find OVER 1.17 MILLION campaigns for help paying health care bills--and this is only one of DOZENS of such crowdfunding sites. As a point of comparison, such sites simply DO NOT EXIST for medical costs in any other developed nation.) We must stop this legislation from passing. Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) is leading the charge against the repeal effort, but he needs Republicans to join him in voting NO on this budget resolution. All of us--especially those with Republican senators--need to CONTACT OUR SENATORS and express our strong and loud support of the ACA. Our congressional representatives do respond to constituent pressure; we saw it in the House's last-minute abandonment of the bill to abolish the Office of Congressional Ethics last week. We need another groundswell response to the anti-ACA bill, and we need it NOW. It takes two minutes and could save trillions of dollars and MILLIONS OF LIVES.
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    It is irresponsible to repeal the ACA without a fully developed replacement. Health care is not a political football! It is essential that all citizens have access to affordable health insurance.
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    My family relies on this coverage to take it away without a comprehensive replacement is irresponsible at best and nefarious at worst. I will never again vote for any senator or representative that supports leaving our most marginalized citizens to fend for themselves. As a Christian I can't.
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    Don't fool yourself. They will repeal but not replace. When is the last time a Republican did ANYTHING that benefitted the middle class or below?
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    I use insurance from the ACA. I do not want to see it disappear. I could not afford it.
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    Fix the law. Don't repeal it. You will be leaving millions of Americans stranded with no health care. It is a good law that needs fixing. Please vote in the best interest of the people
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    Depriving citizens of health care is terribly wrong and mean spirited. You strip funding and have no replacement. This will be a full blown disaster for America and the Republican Party, as the horror stories start surfacing.
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    The ACA provides healthcare for millions of Americans who could not otherwise have access. The cost of treating uninsured patients threatens the very viability of the healthcare system in this country. In addition, uninsured patients only engage with healthcare providers when they are already much more acutely ill, requiring substantially more expensive treatment. The cost of that treatment falls back on insured patients and all taxpayers. Repealing this law will only result in the kind of massive economic disturbances that we haven't seen since the Bush tax cuts.
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    Killing people w pre-existing conditions. Republicans care more about insurance companies than the people
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    As a practicing MD, I do not want to see attempted repeal unless a replacement plan is presented and vetted. There are good parts to the ACA that should be preserved.
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    Many people immediately around me will be drastically and negatively impacted by this measure. DO NOT PASS THIS BILL.
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    The health care exchanges is the way I can gain any form of medical insurance. TennCare was never expanded because It had the president's name on it. It's sad if you're poor and/or disabled and are told you aren't Medicaid eligible because I am not a woman. For all the hypocrites that run campaigns on faith, God, and Christ like values need to read a Bible or at least know how to say the books of it instead of "two Corinthians". The Jesus I know gave a helping hand to the disabled , and the untouchables. However, politicians with the best medical insurance plans for them and their families that they get to kept for the rest of their life paid by working tax payers. Senators are you really saying that you are entitled to the best health insurance at no cost and telling me i have no right to any?
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    Socialism has no place in a free society. Obamacare has skyrocketed premiums for millions of Americans.
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    I do not support the motion to repeal the Affordable Care Act at all via this budget exercise or otherwise. Come up with some ways to enhance the program, but don't repeal it. I will be voting against any local representatives who vote to repeal ACA in the next election as you are not acting in the best interests of the people.
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    This has helped so many uninsured Americans get the health insurance that they have never been able to get before. With more people having insurance, the less health care providers have to raise their rates to cover the cost of those who will never be able to pay their bill. Other benefits include insurance companies are no longer allowed to deny a person for preexisting conditions. One company was denying a child just for being born premature. This is not okay
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    I'll fully support an ACA repeal if anyone can provide a plan that covers more people with lower prices, however that seems impossible to me (short of a public option). I cannot believe they would move forward with this before proposing a thorough replacement. This is a disgrace.
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    Hello! I just wanted to tell you, my representative, how I feel about the proposed repeal of the ACA. If you are successful in passing this legislation, between 20 and 30 MILLION Americans will immediately lose their health insurance. Countless others will see their rates rise substantially. Millions more will lose their insurance over the coming years as their health costs rise and private companies are further enabled to withdraw coverage as the definition of 'pre-existing conditions' is expanded. If this legislation passes, the United States will once again be the ONLY DEVELOPED NATION whose citizens do not have universal health coverage. We are, per capita, the wealthiest nation on the planet. This is not a question of being able to afford the cost--study after study has proven that the preventative care made possible by the ACA will massively reduce our federal deficit. (The Congressional Budget Office has projected that by 2032, the ACA will have reduced the deficit by more than $1.6 trillion--an estimate that does not even factor in the increased productivity of a healthy populace and improved financial security of a population that doesn't have to worry about going bankrupt from medical bills. Remember, in the US last year, more than 62% of personal bankruptcies resulted from medical costs). Citizens of NO OTHER DEVELOPED NATION have to resort to charitable campaigns in order to pay for basic, life-saving care. (Still don't believe this is a problem? Go to gofundme.com and search the site with the term 'medical'. You'll find OVER 1.17 MILLION campaigns for help paying health care bills--and this is only one of DOZENS of such crowdfunding sites. As a point of comparison, such sites simply DO NOT EXIST for medical costs in any other developed nation.) If you have to get rid of it because you can't stand the fact that Obama created it, then get rid of the ACA. But I am BEGGING you, PLEASE do not get rid of the ACA before you put a replacement in place. Please do not let this petty partisan grudge leave the people you are supposed to represent without health coverage. And if you you feel up to doing this for one of the Oklahomas you represent, please consider for just one minute that the ACA may actually be good for this country. That it can help get us out of debt in the long run. That we are a stronger nation when we feel secure and healthy. If you made it to the end of this, thank you for your time and have a blessed day!
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    I see a lot of people saying repealing this FAILED health insurance law ( I don't call it health care because you get health care from a doctor or hospital this law only focuses on insurance ) would leave thousands of people without health insurance. Well thanks to this FAILED law my insurance went up so high I could no longer afford it and had to take OBAMACARE. NOW I CAN'T SEE THE HEART DOCTOR THAT SAVED MY LIFE WHEN I HAD A HEART ATTACK BECAUSE OBAMACARE DOES NOT COVER HIM!!! So to all of you I say GO JUMP OFF A BRIDGE!!!! The government has no right to get involved in my health care or to force me to buy anything.
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    It is grossly irresponsible to repeal the ACA with no plan to replace its many provisions and components.
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