December 3 saw a newly minted Republican-helmed Congress convening to repeal a number of components of the health care law set up by President Barack Obama. They also want to repeal regulations stymieing the financial industry. Laws on the environment were also on the radar. GOP members could, however, disagree on the cabinet choices of Donald Trump, the President-elect of the United States. The real estate billionaire will be sworn to be the new President of the United States on January 20. When this is done, Republicans can then push their favored legislation without any kind of Democratic support.
Democrats know this. A number of prominent Democrats have warned that the subject of repealing the ACA (or Obamacare as it is colloquially known) will lead to fights between the two parties. The ACA currently has about 13.8 million individuals enrolled in the program. The scheme was set up to offer health insurance to the economically disadvantaged US citizens. It also provides expanded coverage. Outgoing President Obama will meet Congressional Democrats on January 4 to discuss a number of strategies which will help in preserving Obamacare. According to informed sources, Mike Pence, the Vice-President-elect, will also hold a meeting of House Republicans on the same date to rally members on Obamacare repeal.
The coming weeks will see the GOP trying to guide legislation through Congress. It is expected that they will use techniques which will not need the cooperation of the Democrats. The yet to be unveiled bill is put together for repealing Obamacare, with postponing of the action for about three years while maintaining a few provisions of the law. Democrats are expected to put up a stiff fight against such steps. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Representative, said that the party will go all out to keep the ACA.
During their interaction with reporters, Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader and Representative Hoyer, said that they intend to start grassroots support for the ACA. They would explain how the repeal of this health care law will hurt a substantial section of Americans. The Senate, for its part, will have more than legislation to work on in 2017. There is the painful task of voting on the number of appointees President-elect Trump has announced to lead his cabinet departments. Contention continues for the other top jobs in the Trump presidency. It is expected that the administration will also put forward a nominee for the Supreme Court. This may initiate a confirmation war.