Thursday, January 20, 2011

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare (245-189)

Three Democrats joined the unanimous Republicans to vote to repeal Obamacare; that makes it bipartisan by some people's standards. Giffords (D) was the only person to not cast a vote, and understandably so.

"In its first big vote since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives earlier this month, the House voted 245-189 to repeal Obamacare. Every Republican voted for repeal. The left's party line is that the vote is only symbolic since repeal won't pass the Senate; therefore, House Republicans are wasting their time.

Nothing, in my view, could be further from the truth. The Democrats jammed Obamacare through Congress during the small window of time when they had 60 votes in the Senate. They knew the bill was unpopular, but they also knew that the chance to set in train a government takeover of medicine might never come again. So they rammed the bill through, hoping that once it was enacted it would be viewed as a fait accompli, and believing that the electoral losses that would follow would be a sacrifice well worth making in order to plant the government's flag in the health care industry.
A footnote: only three Democrats joined House Republicans in today's vote. (The roll call is here.) The three Democrats who crossed over were Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, and Mike Ross of Arkansas.

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