Senate To Vote On Health Care Reform Repeal, Vote Likely To Fail

Thanks to a little parliamentary maneuvering, there will be a Senate vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act after all:

WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans, seizing on a court ruling that the health-care overhaul passed last year is unconstitutional, will push ahead with a vote to repeal the legislation.

The Senate effort, expected Wednesday, is almost certain to fail, likely ensuring that the push by Congress to undo the health measure goes no further, at least until the next election.

But GOP leaders said the law was unpopular, and that given two court rulings declaring all or part of the legislation unconstitutional, they were sending an important message by holding the vote. Two other federal judges have upheld the law.

“The importance of a repeal vote becomes more evident every day,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). “Americans view it as an important decision point, a marker that shows we’re serious about a return to limited government.”

He added, “At this point, it would be a dereliction of duty if Republicans didn’t fight for repeal.”

In other words, this is a vote that’s all about appeasing the base.

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Comments

  1. Brian Knapp says:

    And a deflection from the fact that Republicans have no alternative plan to improve health care.

  2. Axel Edgren says:

    Just so we are all clear, the fact that some will vote for repeal is proof that Obama has to kill himself and leave the office to Reagan’s corpse. Just need to establish the absolute basics.

  3. PJ says:

    Rather fun, that none of the reporting mentions the filibuster, and the need for 60 votes to break one.

    Not sure why the Democrats would give the republicans a vote on the repeal, but they are obviously willing to do so. I doubt that the republicans would be able to get 4 Democrats to switch their votes, so that might be the reason, and depending on the popularity of it in the future, it might be used against senators in 2014 and 2016.

    It will be interesting to see if the Democrats will filibuster anything.

  4. bandit says:

    Ben Nelson must be ecstatic today – he gets to seal his defeat

  5. mantis says:

    Republicans want more Americans to suffer, go broke, and die early. Plain and simple.

  6. c.red says:

    Mantis – it’s not that Republicans want them to suffer and die early. It is because those people deserve to suffer and die early, cause they’re poor, see.

    And we have to prop up the “free market” hc system that is driving us into bankruptcy because of shareholders of those insurance companies may loose their incomes if we try to fix it… can’t you see the suffering you’re advocating?

  7. Pug says:

    Ben Nelson must be ecstatic today – he gets to seal his defeat

    Because those farmers don’t want to be told they have to buy medical insurance. I don’t want to buy all the excess corn they grow either. Too bad farm subsidies couldn’t be found uncontitutional.

    That’s welfare for rugged, self-sufficient Republicans, though, so it won’t happen.

  8. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    “In other words, this is a vote that’s all about appeasing the base.”

    Given that over half the population doesn’t like Obamacare, that’s a mighty big base that O’Connell is appeasing. On any other topic, this would be considered respecting the wishes of the majority.

  9. IP727 says:

    Brian Knapp says:
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 10:58
    And a deflection from the fact that Republicans have no alternative plan to improve health care

    The government has no business injecting itself into health care in the first place. It is that intervention( plan) that has driven prices up since medicare was instituted.

  10. IP727 says:

    mantis says:
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 13:21
    Republicans want more Americans to suffer, go broke, and die early. Plain and simple.

    Seek professional help ASAP, as that is what will happen under obammercare.

  11. Herb says:

    “Given that over half the population doesn’t like Obamacare, that’s a mighty big base that O’Connell is appeasing. ”

    Given that at least half of those people don’t know what they’re talking about….well……

  12. Brian Knapp says:

    The government has no business injecting itself into health care in the first place. It is that intervention( plan) that has driven prices up since medicare was instituted.

    So let’s get hospitals, emergency medicine and EMTs, University research, the CDC, and the FDA all out of the health care business.

    Health care is very much the government’s business and has been for a very long time. Insurance regulations have existed long before Obamacare came into view.

  13. An Interested Party says:

    “Given that over half the population doesn’t like Obamacare, that’s a mighty big base that O’Connell is appeasing. On any other topic, this would be considered respecting the wishes of the majority.”

    Umm, not really, considering that many in that half of the population don’t like HCR because they don’t think it went far enough…as if O’Connell and his ilk have any agreement with that position…