Despite a decade of promising to repeal ObamaCare, the Republican-controlled Congress has failed to deliver. Now, the Texas Senate is weighing in and calling on congressmen to get the job done.
By a party line vote of 20 to 11, the Texas Senate passed a resolution calling on Congress to “repeal Public Law 111-148,” the official designation of ObamaCare.
The resolution was authored by freshman senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), a physician from western Travis County whose district stretches to Abilene.
“It is important that our state’s congressional delegation hear from the Texas Legislature that we support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and that the status quo is unacceptable,” said Buckingham after the vote. “I am proud that the Senate has approved my Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, which is co-authored by every Republican in the Senate. This is the first piece of legislation I filed after being elected and I believe it is critical that those who have called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act for so many years deliver on their promise.”
Repeal of ObamaCare was a politically popular stance for members of Congress while Obama was president. Yet with a Republican Administration – elected in part to repeal the law – the GOP leadership of the U.S. House turned a “repeal” bill into little more than an effort at renaming the law and tinkering with portions. And, in some cases, making it worse.
While Texas has 36 seats in the U.S. House, there are only 31 seats in the Texas State Senate.