While Pelosi claimed the Republicans had some say with proposed amendments and such, not one Republican voted in favor of the bill. In fact, 34 Democracts even voted against it!
During the press conference, CNS News and Pelosi had a particular exchange.
CNS: You expressed yesterday opposition to repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood through reconciliation. How do you square that with that’s how the Democrats were able to put Obamacare in place in the first place?
Pelosi: Actually – thank you for asking that question. The Affordable Care Act was passed not under reconciliation when it first came to the Congress.
So the main part of the bill – House and Senate – was not under reconciliation. The final version, which was just some tweaks — I would have liked more – were what were done under reconciliation.
But the bulk of the bill – if you look back to the history of it – the bulk of the bill was done … on the 60-vote rule, not under reconciliation.
CNS: But it passed without a single Republican vote.
Pelosi: Well … 60 Democrats then and then the two bills passed and then the Senate bill was a little bit different from the House bill, so some of those changes were not, shall we say, structural; it was just some changes in the legislation that did go under reconciliation. But by and large the whole process was done with the 60 votes – hundreds of hearings, bipartisan, over and over again.
Some Republican amendments taken, some Democratic amendments taken; some Democratic and Republican amendments modified; some Democratic and Republican amendments rejected. They were treated in a similar fashion.
Right, Pelosi! That’s probably why you had to tell everyone they had to pass the bill to find out what was in it, yet later you would say that you read the bill, which we all know is a lie.
This all comes after Donald Trump proved her wrong and won the election.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities disagrees with Pelosi’s assessment of Obamacare.
“Reconciliation was most recently used in 2010 to help pass the Affordable Care Act and modify the federal student loan program, and then in 2016 in a vetoed attempt to repeal key elements of the Affordable Care Act,” the group claims.
Obama is unconstitutional despite what the Supreme Court ruled on the matter, and instead of actually originating in the House as any tax should, it was bundled up in the Senate. Furthermore, Congress has not authority given to it in our Constitution to force people to purchase a product. Therefore, they should not be allowed to fine and tax us for not purchasing products. Republicans should stop the nonsense about talks of “replacing” it with talks of just eliminating government from forcing people to buy health insurance and forcing health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.