Parliamentarian sets September deadline for fast-track ACA repeal

1, 2017, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at left by Sen.

The bitter battle – and the struggle among Republicans – over health care consumed the early months of Trump’s presidency.

Senate Republicans will soon run out of time to rely on their slim majority to dismantle the Obama health law.

FILE- In this August 1, 2017, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at left by Sen.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Friday that the fast-track method Republicans would use to get an ACA repeal bill around a filibuster in the Senate, known as budget reconciliation, will expire September 30, according to Bloomberg.

Passing a budget has proved harder than expected for Republicans.

Sanders, a Vermont independent, in a statement called the determination a “major victory” for those who oppose repealing Obamacare.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48 and were using the special filibuster-proof process in the face of unified Democratic opposition. Chairman Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, and the panel’s top Democrat, Patty Murray of Washington, have pledged a bipartisan effort to shore up the exchanges, which provide consumers a place to purchase individual coverage.

The House Budget Committee has drafted a fiscal 2018 budget that could be used for both Obamacare repeal and tax reform. Bernie Sanders, the ranking member on the Senate’s budget committee. “Now that the parliamentarian has determined that Senate Republicans can not use reconciliation instructions to repeal the Affordable Care Act beyond this fiscal year, we need to work together to expand, not cut, health care for millions of Americans who desperately need it”.

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