The road to repealing and replacing Obamacare

The road to repealing and replacing Obamacare

Overview

By John Parkinson

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s marathon hearing on the GOP’s health care repeal-and-replace plan approached its 24th hour, lawmakers continued to battle over not only the future of the country’s health care laws, but also every other detail in between. In the House alone, the process is expected to take at least three weeks.

“I appreciate the fact that we’ve been here now almost 24 hours, so tempers are probably fraying a little and we’re all a little tired,” Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., admitted, urging his committee to move past a disagreement this morning.

Rep. Anna Eshoo also casually observed the epic length of the hearing, which lasted nearly 27 hours.

“The debate about health care and how this legislation is going to affect [Americans] has been the debate for 24 hours,” Eshoo, D-Calif., bemoaned.

The Ways and Means Committee, the other House committee with authorizing jurisdiction over the legislation, had finished its own extensive debate after 4 a.m.

While Democrats have worked overtime to frustrate and delay the progression of the legislation, they appear powerless so far to block its advancement. That privilege will fall to conservatives.