What time will the House vote to repeal Obamacare?
Q: What time does the House vote to repeal Obamacare?
A: You should set your clocks for about 10:15 a.m. California time for this historic vote.
While no one knows with absolute certainty when the vote will come down as congressional actions are always chaotic affairs, that’s our best estimate on timing right now. We’ll keep it updated through the day so check back here for updates. Because you already have plenty on your plate today, no?
While we’re at it, here’s the skinny on why we just might be saying bye bye to Obamacare after a brutal battle over votes.
The bottom line: House Speaker Paul Ryan can lose no more than 22 votes from his Republican majority in the GOP’s big push to to tear down one of President Barack Obama’s major domestic achievements. Democrats are fiercely opposed and all of them will vote no . So far the controversial bill has been teetering on the brink of collapse amid intense pressure to vote by today.
What’s the hurry?
At day’s end lawmakers break for an 11-day recess.
The sweetener: So what may have turned the tide? What was the key component that may help seal the deal here? It’s all about pre-existing conditions. One of Obamacare’s most popular reforms guaranteed insurance coverage for people who already suffered serious health problems — people who previously were often turned down by insurance companies. In its early incarnation, the GOP health bill jettisoned that provision. And some GOP lawmakers didn’t like that.
Now, the House GOP is tacking another $8 billion over five years to fund “high-risk pools” that states can use to maintain the pre-existing condition coverage in some form. In what has become a furious hunt for votes, this could be the crucial factor. The legislation already included $130 billion in the fund.
As originally introduced, the GOP bill would leave 24 million fewer people insured by 2026 than under Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has said.
Former US President Barack Obama attends a forum with young leaders to discuss community organizing an at the University of Chicago in Chicago / AFP PHOTO / JIM YOUNGJIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images
What happens next: The law will next move to the Senate where its prospects remain uncertain. The only sure thing: It’s bound to be a nail-biter from start to finish, people. And here you thought the federal legislative process was boring.