From Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy:
To date, 32 Floor votes have been taken to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare. Tomorrow’s vote to repeal ObamaCare will be the 33rd.
What has already been done regarding ObamaCare? House Republicans have tackled ObamaCare on all fronts and share the same end goal: full repeal. Below is a compilation of floor actions to fight ObamaCare.
· To date, three programs have been completely halted. The 1099 tax reporting requirement and free choice vouchers were repealed by Congress and signed into law, and the Administration ceased implementation of the unworkable CLASS Act Program.
· Seven ObamaCare provisions have been repealed / have had funding rescinded and signed into law:
o Repealed onerous 1099 tax reporting requirement imposed on small businesses
o Reduced improper Exchange subsidy overpayments
o Repealed Free-Choice Vouchers
o Reduced funding for the CO-OP
o Reduced funding for the IPAB rationing board,
o Reduced funding for the Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund
o Reduced a Medicaid formula drafting error included in the “Louisiana Purchase”
· 32 Floor votes have been taken to repeal, defund, or dismantle the law.
· Republicans won’t stop there; we will continue to pursue strategic opportunities to get other de-funding and repeal bills to President Obama’s desk.
January 19, 2011 – House repealed ObamaCare in its entirety. (H.R. 2)
February 19, 2011 –House passed the FY2011 continuing appropriations bill including several substantial bipartisan amendments that would severely limit the implementation of ObamaCare.(H.R. 1)
· The Rehberg Amendment #575: Prohibited funding for any employee, officer, contractor or grantee of any department or agency funded under Labor & HHS to implement the health care provisions of ObamaCare.
· The King Amendment #267: Provided that no funds in this Act may be may be used to implement ObamaCare.
· The King Amendment #268: Prohibited funding for the pay of officials who implement ObamaCare.
· The Emerson Amendment #83: Prohibited funding by the IRS to implement or enforce provisions on ObamaCare related to the reporting of health insurance coverage.
· The Price Amendment #409: Prohibited funding for implementing or enforcing the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision.
· The Burgess Amendment #200: Prohibited funding at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO).
· The Pitts Amendment #430: Prohibited funding for actions to specify or define, through regulations, guidelines, or otherwise, essential benefits as required in ObamaCare.
· The Gardner Amendment #79: Prohibited funding for implementing Exchanges.
· The Hayworth Amendment #567: Prohibited funding for implementing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
March 3, 2011 – House repealed (signed into law) 1099 reporting requirements that placed a financial burden on small businesses and independent contractors. (H.R. 4)
April 13, 2011 – House repealed the Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund that was riddled with wasteful, unaccountable spending. (H.R. 1217)
April 14, 2011 – House repealed (signed into law) “Free Choice Voucher” program, reduced funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) by $2.2 billion, provided new tools to fight implementation and ensured no increase in IRS funding to hire additional agents to enforce the individual mandate as part of the FY2011 continuing appropriations bill. (H.R. 1473)
April 14, 2011 – House directed the Senate to take a vote defunding all mandatory and discretionary spending in ObamaCare. (H.Con.Res.35)
April 15, 2011 – House passed FY2012 budget which repeals and defunds ObamaCare. (H.Con.Res.34)
May 3, 2011 – House eliminated ability for Secretary of Health and Human Services to have an unlimited tap on the U.S. Treasury related to government mandated health insurance exchanges. (H.R. 1213)
May 4, 2011 – House repeals provision that required $200 million of mandatory “slush fund” spending solely for construction for School-Based Health Centers. (H.R. 1214)
May 24, 2011 – House converted $230 million in mandatory spending for graduate medical education programs to discretionary spending, allowing teaching health centers to receive funding through the regular appropriations process with Congressional oversight. (H.R. 1216)
August 1, 2011 – House passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 that allowed another mechanism to cut ObamaCare mandatory and discretionary spending. (S. 365)
October 13, 2011 – House passed the Protect Life Act that prevents funds in ObamaCare (including tax credits) from being used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage and codifies conscience protections. (H.R. 358)
November, 16 2011 – House required (signed into law) certain benefits to be included in the calculation of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for purposes of determining eligibility for certain health care programs under ObamaCare. (H.R. 674)
December 13, 2011 – House passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act that extended “doc fix” through ObamaCare subsidy recapture and reductions to the Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund, among other provisions. (H.R. 3630)
December 16, 2011 – House rescinded (signed into law) $400 million from ObamaCare CO-OPs and $10 million in funds for IPAB (rationing board) in the FY2012 appropriations bill. The bill also reduced IRS funding by $305 million from FY2011 levels. (H.R. 2055)
February 1, 2012 – House repealed the CLASS Act, a microcosm for the problems in ObamaCare (budget gimmick, insolvent, done behind closed doors and rushed into law, massive new unsustainable entitlement), which was used to disguise the short-term costs of the broader bill. (H.R. 1173)
February 17, 2012 – House passed (signed into law) the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act that returned a total of $11.6 billion from ObamaCare including $5 billion in cuts to the Prevention & Public Health “slush” Fund and recouping $2.5 billion. (H.R. 3630)
March 22, 2012 – House repealed (IPAB), a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats tasked with reducing Medicare costs through arbitrary cuts to providers, limiting access to care for seniors. (H.R. 5)
March 29, 2012 – House passed FY2013 budget which repeals and defunds ObamaCare, ensuring that not a penny is spent on the government takeover of health care. (H.Con.Res.112)
April 27, 2012 – House prevented interest rate increases for certain student loans, offset by repealing the ObamaCare Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund. (H.R. 4628)
May 10, 2012 – Replaced harmful cuts to our military and defense capabilities by defunding and repealing several ObamaCare provisions including Medicaid Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements, among other provisions. (H.R. 5652)
June 7, 2012 – House repealed the medical device tax, limitations on reimbursement of the over-the-counter medications from various tax-advantaged accounts for health care and the Exchange subsidy overpayments. (H.R. 436)
June 29, 2012 – House further reduced a Medicaid formula drafting error included in ObamaCare’s “Louisiana Purchase” provision, clawing back $670 million in savings as part of the Highway Conference bill. (H.R. 4348)