Republicans take aim at PPACA in budget compromise

Republicans in the House and Senate have agreed on a budget for the first time in a decade, and it targets the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to The Boston Globe.

The budget allows the GOP majority to suspend the Senate's filibuster rule, which would allow Republicans to attack the PPACA using a filibuster-proof reconciliation bill. With reconciliation, Senate Republicans would need only a simple majority vote to push through legislation to repeal the PPACA because it would not be subject to a probable Democratic filibuster, according to the report.

However, President Barack Obama would likely veto any bill that calls for the repeal of the PPACA, making a reconciliation bill little threat to the health reform law.

The budget compromise is not yet finalized, but congressional aides told The Boston Globe it will likely be made official by Tuesday and be ratified by House and Senate votes this week.

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