As the House Rules Committee schedules a hearing on the bill to repeal the full 2010 health law, Republican members and staff examine how to target individual provisions through budget reconciliation.
Politico Pro: Gaming Out Repeal By Reconciliation
If Mitt Romney wins the White House and Republicans take back total control of Congress in November, their combined forces can take a pretty big legislative wrecking ball to the Democrats' health care law. What's left in the rubble could cause some pretty serious policy headaches. GOP Hill aides are still working through the details of what they can rip out from the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation — the same complex process used to usher through final passage of the health law more than two years ago. There's broad agreement Republicans could use the legislative maneuver to go after the law's individual mandate — and it doesn't matter whether it's a "tax" or a "penalty," either is fair game under reconciliation (Millman and DoBias, 7/6).
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