Health Reform WK-EDGE Message in a veto: President says ACA stays put
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Message in a veto: President says ACA stays put

By Jenny Burke, J.D., M.S.

President Obama sent his message of rejection and returned to Congress the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), which would repeal portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) and defund Planned Parenthood. The bill will now go back to the Republican-led Congress, which does not have the votes to override the President’s veto.

Along with the veto, the President sent a lengthy message back to Congress. He said that repealing the law would reverse improvements made in the nation’s healthcare system. “Because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto,” the president wrote. He supported his decision by noting the bill’s ramifications, such as increased numbers of uninsured, rising health care costs and putting at risk employer-based health insurance, had the bill passed.

Obama’s veto was expected, but it marks the first time Republicans have been able to get a bill passed that would repeal the ACA, after attempting more than 50 votes to roll back all or part of the law. Although President Obama previously indicated plans to veto the measure, Republicans touted the vote as a crucial step toward reversing the Affordable Care Act if the party wins the White House in November.

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