Chuck Grassley: ObamaCare Repeal Will Not Pass Senate

Iowa’s Charles Grassley makes an observation that actually seems fairly obvious:

GOP Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa) admitted Wednesday that a full repeal of President Obama’s healthcare law will die in the Senate.

Speaking to Iowa radio station KCIM, the current ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee conceded that Senate Republicans do not have the 60 votes necessary to force through a full repeal.

Republicans have long acknowledged Obama would veto a repeal bill, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the day following the elections that his caucus would attempt to completely roll back the healthcare overhaul.

The Iowa senator, who won a sixth term last Tuesday, is among the first GOP lawmakers to admit that a repeal would not make it past the Senate.

And, of course, this would be the case even if the GOP had gained control of the Senate.

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Comments

  1. tps says:

    Can’t get the votes to repeal it? No problem! Just refuse to fund it.

  2. sam says:
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  4. DBinNJ says:

    They had better try to get that monstrosity undone or they might find themselves on the outside looking in.

  5. Tano says:

    Latest Pew Poll:

    ObamaCare: Approve/Disapprove: 43/47

    What should happen:

    Expand it: 30
    Leave as is: 22
    Repeal: 40

    Thats 52% for ObamaCare as is, or more extensive. Only 40% for repeal.

    This is consistent with polls that -all along! (contrary to the dominant buzz) have shown that a majority of Americans support ObamaCare or something more liberal.

  6. Ben says:

    sam – the interesting thing about those charts is this:

    71% of people think that the law restricting insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions is a good thing, but 68% of people are against the individual mandate. How on earth would that work? Are these people stupid, delusional, or just so self-interested that they think they should be able to participate in a real-life example of the free-rider problem?

  7. Dave says:

    It’s a problem that “Prominent Republican States Something Obviously True” is such big news these days.

  8. DC Loser says:

    Are these people stupid, delusional, or just so self-interested…

    All of the above.

  9. sam says:

    “Are these people stupid, delusional, or just so self-interested that they think they should be able to participate in a real-life example of the free-rider problem?”

    I wouldn’t say stupid, etc.. I just think the free-rider problem hasn’t sunk in, yet.

  10. Tano says:

    So what is the correct adjective to describe someone who fails to assimilate an absolutely basic logical point about an issue that has been the center of national debate for over a year?

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