After Passing CR That Funds Obamacare, GOP Presents Budget Symbolically Repealing It

By Elizabeth Harrington | March 12, 2013 | 11:44 AM EDT

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (AP File Photo)

( – One week after voting to give the Obama administration full funding for the implemenation of Obamacare in the must-pass contrinuing resolution that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal 2013, the House Republicans are once again vowing to symbolically repeal Obamacare in legislation that is not must-pass.

“We don’t like this law,” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said of Obamacare as he unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2014 at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.  “This is why we’re proposing to repeal this law in our budget.”

“This to us is something that we’re not going to give up on,” Ryan said, explaining that Obamcare--that goes into full effect in just nine months--“will do great damage to families and the health care system of America.”

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House Republicans have symbolically voted to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times in legislation that does not need to pass. However, every time they have enacted legislation that must-pass to keep the government funded, they have declined to include language that would repeal all or any part of Obamacare or that would withold funding for all or any part of Obamacare.

Last week, as previously reported, when the Republican-controlled House took up the $982-billion continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through September, the legislation did include language prohibiting the administration from buying foreign-made ball bearings but it did not include language limiting the implementation of Obamacare.

The CR, for example, did not include language to prevent the administration from moving forward with a regulation that requires health-care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs--a regulation that dozens of Christian organizations and businesses have sued the federal government to stop, arguing that it violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Ryan on Tuesday introduced his fourth consecutive “Path to Prosperity” blueprint, which balances the budget in 10 years and reduces spending by $4.6 trillion. Ryan has said that repealing Obamacare--and thus stopping its expansion of Medicare--is key to reaching budget balance.

Moreover, Ryan vowed repeal because he said Americans “will not like this law.”

“We believe that this law is going to collapse under its own weight,” he said Tuesday. “Please know that when Americans see exactly what this law entails, which they have not seen all of these details.  Those of us who work on these oversight committees, who know what’s going to happen to the provider networks, who know what’s going to happen to people when they lose their health insurance, their jobs -- they’re not going to like this law.

“This is why we’re not only repealing this law because we don’t think we can afford to borrow $1.8 trillion in extra spending this law entails, we think we can replace it with a better health care system,” Ryan added.  “And that’s also something that we’re going to be proposing.”

Ryan said Republicans have a better plan to save and strengthen Medicare for current and future generations, and they want to replace Obamacare with a “better patient-centered system.”

“This is perfectly consistent with everything we believe in, which is getting rid of Obamacare because we think it destroys the healthcare system. It’s going to make it an inferior quality-of-care system, and we think there’s a better way to go.”

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