(Bloomberg) — Republicans in Congress are committed to using their budget agreement to send President Barack Obama a bill repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price said.
“I think we are fine,” said Price, a Georgia Republican, regarding prospects that his chamber will pass the House and Senate budget agreement announced Wednesday. A House vote is set for Thursday afternoon in Washington.
The budget resolution would allow Republicans who control the House and Senate to go after PPACA, or “Obamacare.” They could use a process called reconciliation to send legislation repealing or revising Obamacare to the president without needing votes from Democrats.
Obama has said repeatedly that he would veto a repeal of PPACA, which his administration said has extended coverage to 16.4 million previously uninsured Americans.
Price, at a Bloomberg Government breakfast, discussed the budget framework that sets Republican priorities by calling for $5.3 trillion in spending cuts to reach balance in nine years.
He sought to play down any sign of disputes within his own party on following the budget framework to shape the 12 annual spending bills due by Oct. 1.
“I’m not concerned about letting the Congress work its will. I think it’s exciting,” Price said.
The budget deal reached by the House and Senate is a non-binding framework for those spending bills. The Senate plans to take up the budget conference report next week.