Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States House of Representatives today?
Answer: The Republican-led House easily passed legislation to repeal Obamacare!
House Republicans passed a bill to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care plan Wednesday, taking their first major step toward rolling back the massive overhaul that has dominated the American political landscape for almost two years.
The vote was 245 to 189, and unanimous GOP support gave the vote the same partisan feel of the March vote to pass the law, underscoring once again the hardened political lines of the health care debate. Only three Democrats backed the repeal, a smaller number than Republicans had once predicted.
The bill will head next to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to block it. If it did receive a vote, the repeal bill would be unlikely to draw support from even a majority of senators. Even so, House Republican leaders have challenged Reid to give the bill a vote since Democrats, who control the chamber, have little to fear.
Political pundits have repeatedly said that H.R. 2 (the repeal of Obamacare) will not make it through the Senate. Granted, the odds are extremely slim, but it is not impossible. There is a way to get it on the Senate calendar:
- Republican Senators need to use Senate Rule 14 and object to the second reading of the bill. By doing this, the bill will “hold at the desk” and sit on the Senate calendar which could be brought up for debate at any point during the next two years.
- Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) will not proceed with the bill, Republican Senators can use Senate Rule 22 to commence debate on H.R. 2 if they have held the bill at the desk. By doing this, it would bring up a cloture vote, but Republicans will not have the 13 Senate Democrats to break the filibuster. Instead, it would force Democrats, who cried about the filibuster and obstructionism for the past couple years, to engage in a real filibuster. In the end, this would be exciting to witness.
Ultimately, full repeal of Obamacare will depend on the courts. If a number of federal courts declare parts of Obamacare unconstitutional, then there will be more incentive for Democrat Senators to vote for repeal. Also, as Hot Air points out, “if the GOP regains a Senate majority in 2012, they could conceivably use reconciliation to break a Democratic filibuster and push a repeal bill through.”
It will be tough to do, but full repeal must be done!
On a side-note, watch Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) slap House Democrats with a giant dose of reality and common sense: