House GOP to Repeal Healthcare Law, Trash it ‘Piece by Piece’
January 2, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of taking over the House just days from now, made numerous appearances on the Sunday news shows setting the stage for a contentious next two years. Having no constructive ideas, GOP lawmakers plan to just slash spending and dismantle the legislative achievements of the Obama administration. A group led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vowed to shut down the government if they didn’t get their way on spending cuts. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, appeared on CNN to reiterate his pledge to conduct endless witch hunts of President Obama, who he once said is “One of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” And Incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) showed up on Fox News Sunday to declare the GOP’s plan to hold a vote repealing health care reform, as soon as January, before the President’s State of the Union address.
“We have 242 Republicans,” Upton said. “There will be a significant number of Democrats I think that will join us.”
Upton also said the House was close to having the necessary numbers to override a veto by President Obama.
“Upton, whose committee will key in the GOP’s effort to roll back the law, said that he believes the House may be near the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto. Short of repeal, Upton said the House will “go after this bill piece by piece.”‘
“We will look at these individual pieces to see if we can’t have the thing crumble,” added Upton.
Of course, since the Republicans don’t control the Senate, and are unlikely to gain enough votes to override a presidential veto, the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act is largely for show. Still, there are numerous ways the House Republicans can cause mischief by de-funding various pieces of the massive health care overhaul.
But even if they were successful in destroying health reform, Republicans have nothing to replace it with.
The Washington Monthly Political Animal’s Steve Benen points out the political opportunity available to the Democrats in the wake of the GOP’s reckless stunt vote.
“But I continue to think there are opportunities here for Democrats. To hear Upton tell it, one of the very first votes House Republicans will cast in the new Congress is raising taxes on small businesses. And adding over a trillion dollars to the debt. And taking away health care coverage for millions. And making seniors pay more for prescription drugs while weakening Medicare. And allowing insurers to discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions.”
“To be sure, Republicans won’t put it this way, but their rhetoric is irrelevant against the reality — by voting for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, they’re voting for the consequences that come with the law’s elimination.”
Like I said, it’s going to be a long two-years of Republican stunts, endless witch hunts and holding the country hostage by threatening to shut down the government.