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Key Pieces of Obamacare Repealed to Date

Republicans have voted over 60 times to fully and partially repeal, defund, or dismantle the law. Of those votes, 7 different bills have been signed into law that directly repeal or rescind funding from at least 8 different Obamacare provisions. While this is not the end of the story, it is one more bite of the apple, making it that much harder to implement the bill, thus getting us closer to the ultimate goal of full repeal.  

In October 2015, the House passed and the president signed, H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act which amends the ACA’s definition of small employer to mean employers with up to 50 employees, while giving states the option to expand the definition to include employers with up to 100 employees.

In December 2015, the House passed and the President signed, H.R. 2029, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which repeals the ACA’s requirement that employers with more than 200 employees automatically enroll new full-time employees in health insurance

• In January 2013, the House passed and the President signed H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which clawed back a total of $6.5 billion from Obamacare including:

          o Repealed the unworkable Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program.

          o Rescinded all unobligated CO-OP funds saving $2.3 billion.

• In June 2012, the House passed and the President signed the Conference Report to H.R. 4348, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) which further reduced a Medicaid formula drafting error included in Obamacare’s “Louisiana Purchase” provision, clawing back $670 million in savings.

• In February 2012, the House passed and the President signed the Conference Report to H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 which clawed back a total of $11.6 billion from Obamacare including:

          o $5 billion in cuts from the Prevention & Public Health “Slush” Fund

          o Recoupment of $2.5 billion by correcting a drafting error that allowed Louisiana to receive excess Medicaid funding via the “Louisiana Purchase”

• In December 2011, the House passed and the President signed H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, which:

          o Rescinded $400 million from Obamacare CO-Ops.

          o Rescinded $10 million in funds for IPAB (rationing board)

          o Reduced IRS funding by $305 million from FY11 levels, hampering enforcement of the Obamacare revenue provisions including the individual mandate.

          o Tightened CDC restriction on using grant money to lobby (Prevention and Public Health “slush” Fund).

• In November 2011, the House passed and the President signed the Senate Amendments to H.R. 674, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes which among other things:

          o Clawed back $13 billion in Obamacare spending by requiring 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.

          o Without this change According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Chief Actuary, a couple earning $64,000 could still qualify for Medicaid.

• In April 2011, the  House passed and the President signed, H.R. 1473, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, which:

          o Fully repealed of the “Free Choice Voucher” program savings $400 million.

          o Reduced funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) by $2.2 billion.

          o Provided new tools to fight implementation and ensured no increase in IRS funding to hire additional agents to enforce the individual mandate.

• In March 2011, the House passed and the President signed, H.R. 4, the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011 which: 

          o Repealed the job-killing Form 1099 reporting requirements that were added in Obamacare strictly as a way to help finance Obamacare. This provision has a real detrimental impact on small businesses and Americans believe it needs to be repealed.  

          o Clawed back nearly $25 billion of Obamacare by reducing improper health care insurance Exchange subsidy overpayments.