Republicans can repeal Obamacare with a 51-vote majority in the U.S. Senate through budget reconciliation, according to an architect of the health care law, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who also made a death panel-style indictment of the Republican budget.
“[T]he states will have to tell a lot of people at the very bottom — very poor people who are often disabled — that you’re not going to get care anymore in order to keep tax cuts for billionaires,” he said, citing Republican budget plans for Medicaid.
Waxman’s comment on reconciliation corroborates a main Republican talking point coming out of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“[T]he chief justice said it is a tax, and taxes are clearly what we call reconcilable,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Fox News Sunday. “That’s the kind of measure that can be pursued with 51 votes in the Senate. And if I’m the leader of the majority next year, I commit to the American people that the repeal of “Obama-care” will be job one.”