The GOP rebuke of Obamacare is titled ‘‘Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act’’ and it is exactly two-pages. The repeal legislation is the first order of business for the incoming 112th Congress.
Looking to make good on a campaign promise House GOP members will call a vote on Obamacare one week after they take office, January 12.
While the vote will be symbolic, Republicans want to let voters know things will be different. The two-page repeal bill was posted online late-last night and will get a vote exactly one week later keeping another campaign promise of posting legislation online first for taxpayers to read before their lawmakers mark their ballot.
The GOP expects to pick up some Democratic votes in the House; however their chances diminish exponentially in the Senate. Also Obamacare is the president’s hallmark legislative success and key staffers say the president has his veto pen readily available if the bill ever reaches his desk.
It’s important to point out the current health care mandate faces many challenges from taxpayers, lawmakers and the court system. In December a Virginia judge dealt Obamacare a huge blow and indicated it was unconstitutional. Another case brought by 20 states is awaiting a Florida judge’s decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare.
Democrats contend the vote next week will take up precious time that could be spent working on the economy and creating jobs. However Republicans say the discussion is worth having so lawmakers can be on the record for the 2012 election cycle.
Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for incoming House Republican leader Eric Cantor says, “It will pass the House.”
The 112th Congress is controlled by Republicans, 242-193, and their historic midterm victory, they feel, gives them a mandate to reverse Obamacare.
“Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” Dayspring explains.
Leading the charge for waste, fraud and abuse is GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California. “The sooner the administration figures out that the enemy is the bureaucracy and the wasteful spending, not the other party, the better off we’ll be,” he said.
But the president, who returns to the nation’s bitterly cold White House after a warm vacation in Hawaii, expects a brief fight before Congress settles in and begins the work of the people.
“They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time. But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern,” Obama said on Air Force One today. “My expectation, my hope, is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 — in 2012.”
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