If his latest memo is any indication, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains a big target for GOP leaders in Congress.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told House Republicans late last week that they soon will have a chance to vote on repeal of the law.
“While we have not locked in the timing, I expect that the House will vote on full repeal of Obamacare in the near future,” he wrote House members. The memo, dated Friday, May 3, was the May legislative agenda from Cantor.
Of course, Republican pushback against PPACA isn’t new. Many Republicans have repeatedly expressed their desire to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law, which is just months away from hitting important milestones. Open enrollment for the exchanges being created by the law begins Oct. 1, with coverage beginning Jan. 1.
The administration had intended for each state to set up its own state exchange, but many Republican governors refused to set them up, causing the federal government to take on that role in half the states.
Though the Supreme Court ruling upholding PPACA and Obama’s re-election have practically ensured the survival of the law, many Republicans have vowed to keep fighting it, arguing Obamacare will do little to actually improve health care and its costs.
The most recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that more Americans have a negative perception of the law. In the latest tracking poll, 40 percent said they have an unfavorable view of the law, compared with 35 percent who have a favorable view.
In the memo, Cantor said he expects “a heavy legislative workload in the summer months leading up to the August recess.”
Health reform was only given a brief mention in Cantor’s memo, as much of the agenda was focused student loan interest rates, pediatric disease research and pushing the administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.