“Senate Republicans want to use a powerful budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after President Obama’s health care law — particularly if the Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Obamacare this June,” Politico reports.
“Using the fast-tracking procedure offers some advantage for Republicans, largely because a reconciliation package can’t be filibustered. But it’s not going to be easy. First, House and Senate Republicans need to agree on a budget resolution, which could be difficult with fiscal conservatives calling for spending cuts but defense hawks looking for more money for the Pentagon. And, of course, President Obama could veto any reconciliation bill that reaches his desk.”
The Upshot: “Republicans in Congress may want to repeal Obamacare entirely and reduce the federal deficit. But the budget highlights how repealing the health law is much more complicated than simply cutting its spending programs.”
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