The House of Representatives voted to repeal Obamacare. The vote was 244-185 with mostly a party-line vote though five Democrats voted in favor of the repeal. This is largely a symbolic act, since the Democrat controlled Senate will not even consider a repeal and of course they do not have the votes to override a veto by the President. But, at least we get to see where everyone stands.
Still, one thing bothers me about this. According to the article in The Hill, the Republicans have not put forward an alternate plan.
Many others noted that while Republicans have talked about replacing the healthcare law, the GOP has not put forward any comprehensive replacement plan, and instead seems to be focusing only on repeal. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) mocked Republicans on this point Wednesday morning, holding up an empty hand to represent the GOP’s healthcare replacement bill and giving it a mock “reading” on the House floor.
That is not quite true, since the Republicans do have ideas, still they should not make repeal the whole focus of their effort. They need to be for something as well as being against Obama.
Meanwhile, I got an e-mail from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee concerning this. They must have sent it out before the vote.
Backed by a $9 million ad blitz from the Koch brothers, House Republicans are holding a stunt vote this afternoon to repeal Obamacare.
The next few days are critical. Right-wing SuperPACs, big insurance companies, and the Tea Party base are all lined up to go on the attack against President Obama and Congressional Democrats for refusing to back away from health care reform.
We have to respond immediately.
A new Washington Post poll shows that support for health care reform has gone up eight points into a dead even tie — 47% in support and 47% opposed.
We have to continue going on offense and hold Republicans accountable for putting insurance company profits over the middle class. Will you help us raise $50,000 for our Rapid Response Fund today?
I wonder if they have any idea just how unpopular Obamacare actually is. This is not really an issue on which the Republicans need a $9 million ad blitz. I wonder how they worded that Washington Post poll to get such an unusually positive response. Perhaps they asked if the respondent was in favor of “health care reform” without specifying any actual reforms.
- House Obamacare Repeal: Thirty-Third Time’s the Charm? (news.yahoo.com)
- House on ObamaCare Vote: Now We’re Repealing a Tax (newser.com)