As planned, Idaho Congressmen Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson joined 243 of their U.S. House colleagues to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Equally expected is a solid wall of defense when the measure comes to the U.S. Senate, still controlled by Democrats. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is expected to prevent such repeal legislation from getting to the Senate floor.
But this is only the opening salvo of a Republican attack against what they dub Obamacare. Wasting no time, the House is expected to vote today on new measure directing four committees—Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Education and Workforce, and Judiciary—to craft a Republican version for health-care reform.
Opponents of the Republican effort and supporters of the Affordable Care Act warn that if the new law is dismantled, 6,620 young adults would lose their insurance coverage, 857,000 Idahoans would find themselves vulnerable again to lifetime limits on coverage and 212,000 Idaho seniors who have Medicare would be forced to pay co-pays to receive services like mammograms and colonoscopies.