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H.R. 3762: Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

Oct 23, 2015 at 11:57 a.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3762 (114th) in the House.

It was not the final House vote on the bill. See the history of H.R. 3762 (114th) for further details.

UPDATE - July 17, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced plans to reintroduce the text of this bill in the 115th Congress. The bill was previously vetoed in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama, but current President Donald Trump would be expected to sign a similar bill into law were it to pass in the House and Senate. The reintroduced bill would use the same budget reconciliation process described in this summary. However, since the current Congress is not identical to the previous one that passed the 2015 bill, the vote would not be the same.

The Congressional Budget Office released a report titled "How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums" in January 2017, which predicts the impact of a partial repeal without replacement.

Summary of the bill

Republicans attempted to use the budget reconciliation process to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and pause federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Budget reconciliation is the one chance each year that the majority party gets to bypass the Senate filibuster to get a bill to the President’s desk without needing a single vote from the minority party.

The House originally passed this bill on October 23, 2015, sending it to the Senate. To meet the requirements of the budget reconciliation process, so that the bill could not be filibustered, Senate Republicans amended the bill, sending it back to the House. The House then passed the revised bill on January 6, 2016. The President vetoed the bill on January 8, 2016.

The bill would have:

*Repealed Obamacare, or the key parts of it — * The Republicans’ bill, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, doesn’t actually repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Instead it goes after some of the key features of Obamacare that are necessary to make the whole system work. It would have:

  • Restricted the federal government from operating health care exchanges
  • Phased out funding for subsidies to help lower and middle-income individuals afford insurance through the health care exchanges
  • Eliminated tax penalties for individuals who do not purchase health insurance and employers with 50 or more employees who do not provide insurance plans
  • Eliminated taxes on medical devices and the so-called “Cadillac tax” on the most expensive health care plans
  • Phased out an expansion of Medicaid over a two-year period

Paused federal dollars going to Planned Parenthood —  The bill would also pause some federal dollars going to Planned Parenthood for one year by prohibiting Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood services. Instead, the bill would increase funding for a community health program.

Federal funding for Planned Parenthood supports its reproductive health, maternal health, and child health services — but not its abortion services. Existing law prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions, and the bill also does not address the organization’s practices regarding fetal tissue, which were made legal in 1993 but brought the organization into focus in 2015.

What Republicans Say

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline (R-MN2) had said that H.R. 3762 “represents an important opportunity to reduce federal spending and help rein in our nation’s deficits and debt” caused by “the president’s flawed health care scheme.” Committee member Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN1), an OB/GYN physician, said, “The . . . wasteful spending included in ObamaCare have put a strain on hardworking families and have succeeded only in making our already struggling economy worse.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ5), one of seven House Republicans who voted against the bill in the first House vote, said he agrees with the overall concept to “act boldly and fully repeal this terrible law”, referring to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but voted against the bill “because this bill didn’t go far enough” to repeal the Affordable Care Act entirely.

What Democrats Say

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD8) said in a press release, "For the 61st time . . . our Republican colleagues are moving forward on legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. . . . Why in the world are we here on the floor of the House of Representatives passing legislation that’s going to take away affordable health care to 15 million Americans, including three million children?"

All but one Democrat voted against in the two House votes. That was Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7), the most conservative Democrat in the House according to our ideology analysis.

The White House had said the President would veto the bill: “Repealing the health care law would have implications far beyond these Americans who have or will gain insurance . . . More than 150 million Americans with employer-based insurance would be at risk of higher premiums and lower wages, or losing their coverage altogether. It would raise taxes on certain middle-class families.”

About Reconciliation

The reconciliation process traditionally has been used by lawmakers to reduce the deficit through revenue increases (tax hikes) and cuts to entitlements (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid, but not Social Security which cannot be changed under a reconciliation bill). The process has been used in the past to enact both tax cuts and tax increases, reforms to student loan programs, and even some minor pieces of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Earlier this year there was talk of using it to pass a tax code overhaul that Obama and the Republicans could conceivably come to an agreement on.

Totals

All Votes R D
Aye 56%
 
 
240
239
 
1
 
No 44%
 
 
189
7
 
182
 
Not Voting
 
 
5
0
 
5
 

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source: house.gov.

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