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House votes to repeal ObamaCare


Yesterday's vote was 245 - 189, with all 242 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting for the repeal.  Only Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was absent from the vote.  (Glenn Reynolds reminds us that if the press was consistent, this would be labeled "bipartisan" support for the repeal, not "party line.")

Although opposition to the law remains strong, a recent AP poll found only 30% in favor of complete repeal.  I don't have any illusions about the House being successful in repealing the entire bill.  What I believe will happen, though, is that House members will be forced to take a stand on not only the entire bill, but on many of the individual parts of the bill that a clear majority of Americans strongly oppose, particularly the individual mandate for health insurance.  Half the states already have lawsuits challenging the mandate, which may make repealing the mandate much easier.

The Democrats spent most of their political capital getting this bill passed.  Even though they controlled Congress and the White House, it took a lot of work to block access to committees, close off amendments, and bar Republicans from negotiations, on a bill of this magnitude.  They also had to dangle a lot of carrots in front of Blue Dog Democrats in order to garner their votes -- remember the "Louisiana Purchase" and Ben Nelson's Medicaid Bribe?  Because their victory was so costly (and probably, in retrospect, Pyrrhic), they had no desire to address any of the problems contained in the bill, even the looming, odious 1099 reporting requirements for small businesses.

Republican efforts will at least ensure that all of the bill finally has a chance to be understood and publicly debated by Congress.

ADDED: Something else to consider while discussing repeal: A Comprehensive List of Tax Hikes in Obamacare.
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I hope your faith in Republ... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

I hope your faith in Republican courage and political smarts will be justified.

Poll was adults and they gi... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Poll was adults and they give no demographics. As it was from AP we can assume that it likely oversampled dems.

Also worth noting is that the public is very opposed to the parts that have been publicized (individual mandate) and largely remain ignorant of most of the bill (medicaid cutbacks, 1099 rules, 3/4 trillion tax increase etc).

Be interesting to see what ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Be interesting to see what Reid does now. The chances of passing in the Senate are non-existent to none. Too bad. Would love to have seen the Presidential veto on repeal hung (can I say that?) around Barry's neck. Once those taxes start kicking in, and health care costs continue to rise - the general public is going to have a WTF! moment. And to quote Joey Biden, it really is going to be "A big fucking deal!" Was watching C-Span the other night. Had the former head of the CBO on, explaining the assumptions made on ObamaCare costs. Then he shot them down one by one.

No big deal. After all, ObamaCare was designed to fail (how many companies are on the 'exempted from compliance list' now?). Barry and company really want government run health care.

Shovel ready subject to run... (Below threshold)
914:

Shovel ready subject to run on in 2012. That, and the jobless climate of hate Barry has caused.

Garandfan, I'm not so sure ... (Below threshold)
PIle of Pooh:

Garandfan, I'm not so sure the chances of the repeal passing the Senate are as dismal as you say. This issue has become a sort of ad hoc referendum on seated politicians, and a lot of those Democrat Senators are going to be looking nervously at the polls. They are in the end professional politicians, and that means they are consummate opportunists. They know Barry's chances of re-election in '12 are slim at this point, and a few of the more moderate Dem Senators may well decide it is in their own best interests to throw him to the wolves early in the hope of keeping their seats.

I agree the odds are against the repeal passing Congress and putting Barry in the hot seat, but it's going to be very interesting to watch the vote in the Senate. Lots of hot air will get blown around in the run-up, but when the vote goes live on the floor, the pucker factor among Dems will be very high. Don't count the votes until they're cast.

"Also worth noting is that ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"Also worth noting is that the public is very opposed to the parts that have been publicized (individual mandate) and largely remain ignorant of most of the bill (medicaid cutbacks, 1099 rules, 3/4 trillion tax increase etc)."

--You got that right, jim m. I did not know about the tax on real estate. From comments at JT's link:

"The 3.8% tax on the sale of real estate which starts in 2013 is for the sale price. Does not include your 250K if single or 500K if married exemption. So you just lost 3.8% of your home gross sale and have to pay the relator his 4 to 5% on top of that Actual cash lost is 8 to 9%.
How do you feel now about this deal?

Read more: http://www.atr.org/comprehensive-list-tax-hikes-obamacare-a5758##ixzz1BbGsOA7l "

--Is that true? A f*cking additional 3.8% tax on your house if you sell it?! At one of the worst times in the housing market in a hundred years or more?!!
If that's true, all the lamp posts in D.C. should have ropes attached. /metaphor alert, I think

Although opposition to t... (Below threshold)

Although opposition to the law remains strong, a recent AP poll found only 30% in favor of complete repeal.

admittedly this was just a show of strength and a 'see, we're doing what you sent us to do' moment - the next time, though, it needs to be a 'repeal and replace' bill - support would skyrocket if sold correctly (this means keeping everyone on the reservation, a concise media message without deviation, and locking up any RINOs so they can't get near a camera until it's over

"Republican efforts will at... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"Republican efforts will at least ensure that all of the bill finally has a chance to be understood and publicly debated by Congress."

This is the key point and the Repubs should repeat it every chance they get, along with exposing the hidden taxes, as Les has done above.

Les, my State (Oregon) is t... (Below threshold)
epador:

Les, my State (Oregon) is trying to sneak on a State sales tax on houses as well.

Although opposition to t... (Below threshold)
john:

Although opposition to the law remains strong, a recent AP poll found only 30% in favor of complete repeal.

What a nonsensical statement. In what math does "x" equal "not x"?

And what of those who want it fully or partially repealed? From the article you cite:

"Overall, it didn't go as far as I would have liked," said Joshua Smith, 46, a sales consultant to manufacturers who lives in Herndon, Va. "In a perfect world, I'd like to see them change it to make it more encompassing..."

But that's not a common view, is it?

"Asked if the country should go in the direction Obama prefers, or the direction Republicans endorse, the president leads the GOP by nine points, 44% to 35%."

http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201101190001

And back to your article:

The nation is divided over the law, but the strength and intensity of the opposition appear diminished.

So opposition is diminished and getting lower. And some of that opposition is because they want it the bill to go even further! But in your little fantasy world, that's "strong opposition". You obviously have no desire to be taken seriously.

Maybe the Senate republican... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

Maybe the Senate republicans can find a way to circumvent harry. With 23 Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, harry is trying to protect the demos among those seats. Wouldn't do to expose their stance to the American public would it?




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