A Tea Party member reaches for a pamphlet titled “The Impact of Obamacare” at a “Food for Free Minds Tea Party Rally” in Littleton, New Hampshire, Oct. 27, 2012.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court may think it’s legal, and the public didn’t think it was worth dumping President Barack Obama over, but Republicans in the House and Senate alike are sure this time they can make Obamacare a winning political issue.
Republicans in both houses are pareparing for votes to defund or otherwise do away with Obama’s signature reforms of the nation’s health-care laws.
And while over the last 18 months most of those efforts have been led by conservative outliers with little institutional support, this year’s annual push is getting a buy-in from the establishment.
“Obamacare is a costly mistake that we cannot afford, and my preference would be to repeal it, root and branch,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday in a statement provided by an aide.
“We are going to have a number of spending bills and budget bills in the coming weeks. I know [Sen.] Ted Cruz is planning to offer an amendment to defund Obamacare, and I look forward to supporting him,” McConnell added.
McConnell Monday afternoon was expected to use the Senate floor as a platform to kick off Senate Republicans’ attacks on the law, lamenting the 18,000 pages in new regulations that are being implemented by the administration under the law.
In fact nobody, including Republicans, expect anything remotely resembling repeal will pass. “No, it won’t pass unless a lot of Democrats defect,” a Senate GOP leadership aide acknowledged.
A Democratic aide was more blunt: “Obamacare is as likely to be repealed as [Sen.] Chuck Schumer is likely giving up press conferences for lent. It ain’t gonna happen.”
After Boehner’s declaration that Obamacare was the law of the land and the entire GOP establishment called for the party to begin the process of soul searching, most observers — and many relieved Republicans — thought the annual fight over the health-care overhaul was over.
For weeks, Republicans wrung their hands, worrying over the need to move beyond a party that is simply in opposition to Obama and Senate Democrats into a proactive party with policy positions of their own.
But with the spring budget and spending season upon the two chambers — a period when both sides roll out as many politically minded messaging votes as possible — it’s clear little of that thinking has taken hold in the short term.
In fact, with conservatives more firmly in control of major parts of the House and Senate GOP Conferences — and many members of leadership facing potential primary fights — Obamacare as a rallying cry for the right isn’t going anywhere.
“From where you sit, I can see how you’d think that. But from where I sit, this is something that’s always been on our plate. It never fell off,” the leadership aide said.
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You can’t repeal the health care law, not now. It needs to get through the House AND Senate, and then be signed by the President. If the repeal gets to the White House it will be vetoed (this should be obvious, it’s Obama’s legacy, why in the world would he sign a repeal?), and then you’ll need a two-third majority in both the House and Senate to override the veto. This is not going to happen, ever, in the next four years. So please knock it off, recognize the current political landscape, and consider legislation that isn’t DOA when it leaves one chamber for the next.
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Americans already made up their minds about this months ago when they re-elected President Obama for a second term. The majority of the voting public voted for Obama meaning that the majority of the voting public supports Obamacare (aka The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). Why and how is this still possibly even an issue?
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This is just absurd. There is real pain out there…. people losing jobs, long term unemployment, no health insurance yet these Republicans’ only goal seems to be how to secure and hold on to their powers. Sure, politics is about playing the game to your benefit but at what point will they stop to think about the average american hurting in this sluggish economy? I am struggling to find words here to describe how I feel about McConnell and his gangs. The Media has failed this country. NUTS!!!!!!!!!
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