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Old 10-21-2012, 01:14 PM   #121
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Originally Posted by BucEyedPea View Post
Not if reconciliation is used. The Dems used that to pass it. So, determined Republicans will use it to repeal ACA. That just requires a simple 51 vote majority in the Senate for a fast-track repeal. A Republican sweep of govt is definitely necessary though. It's too bad the R Party leadership was so stupid in its tactics during the primary season, which btw, was not just done to Paul's campaign but some of the other candidates too. Still, it's now before most of ACA is implemented which will keep it there until the system implodes.
Few things on this:

You can probably repeal a lot of Obamacare with reconcilliation, but not the whole law. But if Romney is in I have no doubt that it will be gutted to the point where the changes that are negotiated bear little resemblance to what Obamacare seeks to do. For instance, I firmly believe that the "penalty" to businesses is lower than the cost of current insurance not because the government wants to give a break to business, but because once you're in the exchange you're in there for life. So while it make no sense to create a penalty that is less than the product you're supposedly pushing companies to obtain for their employees, Obamacare does it because it wants the exchanges to eventually fully and completely replace the current insurance markets.
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