Welcome to the new Congress, same as the old Congress. Ok, everyone who didn’t see this one coming, please raise your hands. In the wake of the really bad election last November for Democrats, Republicans are particularly emboldened now that they have an even larger majority in the House, as well as control of the Senate.
You’d think that after more than 50 times trying to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act, perhaps Republicans would focus on doing something else. You know, maybe something like coming up with their own version of the road and jobs bill that Sen. Bernie Sanders intends to introduce in the new session of Congress – but no, it looks like we are going to see more fruitless attempts to take down Obamacare in any way possible.
That’s not to say that they will be successful as President Obama is highly unlikely to sign any bills that would undo what will probably be the most important piece of legislation he’s ever signed. This is part of his presidential legacy after all, along with the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” killing Osama Bin Laden, and the end of the United States being involved in a combat role in Afghanistan.
So why would Speaker John Boehner indicate that he’s willing to target the Affordable Care Act once again? It’s simple – he has to in order to keep his position as Speaker of the House since two Tea Party congressmen are gunning for his job.
Who are these Tea Party challengers? One is the ever-daffy Louie Gohmert (R-TX) who believes global warming is a good thing because it will mean more plants. The other is Ted Yoho (R-FL) who once suggested as a congressional candidate that the right to vote should be limited only to people who own property. So naturally, John Boehner would have to agree to go along with other fruitless attempts to defund or repeal Obamacare, or he’d face a revolt within his ranks that could put Louie Gohmert or Ted Yoho in his seat much to the delight of political comedians and writers for the next 2 years.
Here’s what John Boehner’s social media intern posted on Facebook earlier:
Oh wait, what’s that edit? If you click on the edit, you’ll see one tiny difference – the addition of a hashtag to the word “Obamacare.” Looks like he’s serious about this one you guys, I can just see John Boehner leaning over the intern and saying “you gotta add that hashtag, that way Gohmert and Yoho know I’m serious about Obamacare.” You can see the edit comparison here in this screenshot:
The fact that the Republicans are going after Obamacare once again shouldn’t be a surprise, Sen. Mitch McConnell already signaled that they would do so in an interview with RollCall.com last month.
“Number one: We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It was a very large issue in the campaign,” McConnell said, reaffirming a commitment to see what can be done against it, also discussing plans to roll back parts of the health care law that have proved to be particularly unpopular.
“We actually had a show vote on the medical device tax … and 79 senators, including that great conservative Elizabeth Warren, said they didn’t like the medical device tax, so we will go at that law — which in my view is the single worst piece of legislation passed in the last half century — in every way that we can.”
McConnell said Republicans are reviewing how to go at the law through the budget reconciliation process — which would allow for passage of legislation through the House and Senate without needing Democratic votes — but said he wants fellow opponents of the law to be realistic. (Source)
So there y’all have it, John Boehner and the rest of the Republicans in Congress will be going after Obamacare once again and don’t be surprised if they threaten to shut down the government over it. After all, they managed to take over the Senate by blaming everything on President Obama; now they’ll ride the same strategy to try to take back the White House in 2016. You can pretty much count on that.
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