House GOP to Vote on Healthcare Repeal Within Days
January 3, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)— Over the weekend, Republican lawmakers took to the Sunday news shows to set the stage for their return to power in the House. What do they plan to do for the next two-years? Repeal health care reform and other legislative achievements of President Obama, slash spending on programs that help the middle-class and hold endless witch hunt investigations of the Obama administration to fire up their base leading into the 2012 presidential election. What about dealing with the serious problems that are facing our country, such as high unemployment and a sputtering economy? Nah. House Republicans are not wasting any time beginning their ambitions agenda to tear down the country. They plan to hold the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act next week.
The Politico writes:
“House Republicans will vote next week to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement.”
“Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor announced the timeline for considering the repeal legislation Monday: the bill will post on the Rules Committee website Monday night, the Rules Committee will meet Thursday, and the rule for the debate will be considered on the House floor Friday. The repeal vote will follow on Wednesday, Jan 12.”
With their new larger majority, the repeal measure is expected to pass in the House but will not make it through the Democratically controlled Senate. And even if it did, President Obama would veto it, so the vote is a political stunt for the benefit of the radical tea party base.
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the incoming House Majority Leader, released a statement through his spokesman, attacking health care reform as a “job killer.” That’s the new GOP buzz phrase. Whatever they don’t like, they demonize as a “job killer.”
On Sunday, Incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) appeared on Fox News to announce his intention to destroy health care reform, “piece by piece.”
In response to the Republicans’ repeal frenzy, Democratic leaders in the Senate announced they are ready for a showdown to protect health care reform. They sent a letter to incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), warning him that repealing health care reforms would be “irresponsible and reckless.”
The letter goes on to say, “If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the health care law that threatens consumer benefits like the “donut hole” fix, we will block it in the Senate. This proposal deserves a chance to work. It is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care.”
And so the battle begins.
Photo Source: White House Photo by Pete Souza