2016 is guaranteed to be an exciting year in law and politics. With the 2016 U.S. Presidential election bearing down on the country, politics and policies will be in the front and center of the news cycle and the public’s mind.
If you had your doubts, you didn’t have to wait very long in 2016 before getting a taste of what’s to come throughout the rest of the year. The staunch partisanship that will likely define the year will kick off with a push from House Republicans to pass a bill that would repeal significant parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
“As Congress returns next week, in one of our first acts of the new year, the House will vote on a bill that would eliminate key parts of Obamacare and stop taxpayer funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood,” said Representative Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, in a video that was released on Sunday. “If this bill becomes law, patients will be able to choose a health insurance plan that works for them—without Washington getting in the way.”
Logistically speaking, it is unlikely that this specific bill would actually lead to those results. Were it to pass, President Obama would almost certainly veto the bill, and there’s doesn’t appear to be enough Congressional support to override a presidential veto if it comes to that.
Regardless of the results of this vote, this situation shows what we can look forward to for the rest of the year. The tricky aspect of an election year is the influence that reelection can have on the law-making process. Not only is there a Presidential election, but there are also senators and members of Congress that are also up for election. This additional layer of complexity can impact the legal process, whether that comes as seeing laws deliberately put off until the election cycle is over, attempting to push something through the process quickly to change public perception before the general election, or just a more intense form of partisan bickering.
Needless to say, we are very interested to see how the rest of the 2016 legal year will turn out!