Efforts to shelf Obamacare nosedived once again as the US House of Representatives failed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The House failed to override the veto of legislation by US President Barack Obama for the healthcare law.
To override Obama’s veto, the House needed at least two-thirds of the votes to go against Obamacare. The vote eventually ended with 241-186 in favour of the healthcare legislation.
While Obamacare has been a point of discord between Republicans and Democrats since 2010, the House with Republican majority could not knock it down as promised. The healthcare legislation intends to provide healthcare for uninsured American citizens, who are millions in number.
Republicans believe the legislation has reduced healthcare choices and increased insurance costs. The US president vetoed the bill in January. This was the eighth time Obama used his veto power during his tenure. None of his vetoes has been overridden, Reuters reported.
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Republicans predicted “the end of Obamacare” anyway as they stressed they would continue to fight against Obamacare.
“When a Republican president takes office next year, we know we can get this passed,” Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “Obamacare can be gone once and for all.”
McCarthy’s claim can only be realised if the White House belongs to Republicans this November. They also have to keep their majorities in the House and the Senate to dismiss the Affordable Care Act.
Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said on Monday that he had “serious concerns” about the sustainability of Obamacare.
“We continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges,” Bertolini told Bloomberg.
“We remain concerned about the overall stability of the risk pool.”
According to Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, the US president is the only person “standing in the way of what the American people want.”
“Our job now is to stand up for them, to demonstrate for them who is on their side,” USA Today quoted him as saying.