Skip to comments.The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal 'Obamacare'
Posted on 03/28/2013 6:10:14 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obamas health care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Republican leaders office to gauge his reaction.
McConnell was clearly disappointed, and for good reason. For many conservatives, the decision was the death knell in a three-year fight to defeat reforms that epitomized everything they thought was wrong with Obamas governing philosophy. But where some saw finality, McConnell saw opportunity and still does.
Sitting at his desk a stones throw from the Senate chamber, McConnell turned to the aide and, with characteristic directness, said: This decision is too cute. But I think we got something with this tax issue.
He was referring to the courts ruling that the heart of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the so-called individual mandate that requires everyone in the country to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, was a tax. And while McConnell thought calling the mandate a tax was a rather creative way to uphold the law, it also opened a new front in his battle to repeal it.
McConnell, a master of byzantine Senate procedure, immediately realized that, as a tax, the individual mandate would be subject to the budget reconciliation process, which exempted it from the filibuster. In other words, McConnell had just struck upon how to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority vote.
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But, in the next two years, Republicans are looking to bring the issue back in a big way. And theyll start by trying to brand the law as one that costs too much and is not working as promised.
Democrats will be tempted to continue to write off the incoming fire as the empty rhetoric of a party fighting old battles. But that would be a mistake. During the health care debate, the GOPs coordinated attacks helped turn public opinion against reform. And in the past two years, no more than 45 percent of the public has viewed Obamacare favorably, according to the Kaiser Family Foundations tracking polls. Perhaps even more dangerous for Democrats, now-debunked myths spread by Republicans and conservative media remain lodged in the public consciousness. For instance, 40 percent of the public still believes the law includes death panels.
In the next two year????
Why not NOW!!
answer: THE GOP SUPPORTS OBAMACARE/ROMNEYCARE
or they would have passed a bill to kill it yesterday.
Shhhhhhhbh it’s a secret!!!
Um...the death panels are not a myth. They aren’t called death panels formally, but that is just what they are.
They cannot repeal it now. Can. Not.
My secret is that I despise Democrats and Republicans alike. Same critter, different restroom or coat closet.
No, the answer is it will take the bad law in some people’s faces draining their wallets before they wake their lazy butts up and vote something other than Democrat.
It is hard to fight a party that buys votes for power using the Treasury.
I’m not a big fan of McConnell...but his strategy here seems pretty good given the realities of the Senate.
How, exactly, would you propose they do that?
The House would vote to repeal it. Then what?
Why NOT try?
Answer: MITT ROMNEY and GOP began ObamaCARE/DeathCARE
and they WILL NEVER GET RID OF IT.
It has to be secret because they are using stealth technology. You will never see it coming.
How about before we get rid of Obamacare, we bring back US jobs?
What is the GOP going to do?
Either back US jobs. Or don’t. But if you don’t back US jobs, then get out of the way as for who pays for healthcare, because it’s not going to work as an employer paid benefit if you do not have a JOB.
Stop getting rid of US jobs. Then we’ll talk.
I presume everybody knows how the Constitution works in regard to passage of legislation.
They set the standards of care ~ and are very real. If the standard of care for 70 year olds is a pain pill, that’s what you get.
Did Sen. Ted Cruz vote for or against the Continuing Resolution?
“Why not now?”
Another question ask: why not in the 2012 Senate election? Why not nationalize the election back then, saying “Vote in Republicans and we can and will repeal the tax. Period.”
It needs to be secret because why would you advertise to the enemy what your plans are before you have the tools to implement your strategy?
Defunding will not be enough...you need to replace it with something like tort reform, tax credits, HSA provisions all of which you will not get with a dem controlled senate. I’d rather win with a longer term strategy than with a Pyrrhic victory just so I can feel good for a day.
Bill originate in the House and not the White HUT.
When the Republicans (unlikely) get one testicle
between them, they will speak up.
Over and over.
Instead, they lie down as America dies like the frog
in the proverbial boiling pot.
You have got to be kidding me.
That is similar to the treasonous concept that USG can pass a bill before they look at it.
The majority of Repubs are not on our side. There _are_ some great congressmen, though.
How would you repeal the tax with a president who would veto your bill?
one more point...
THEY DO NOTHING because THEIR OWN FAMILIES
are exempt from ObamaCARE.
BUT FOR THE EXEMPTION from the Law, they might not be mute.
Unfortunately, the identity of the nominee foreclosed on that particular campaign strategy...
Ted Cruz will not stand alone. Hell be joined by the Senator from Utah.
Heres a statement from Senator Lees office:
I will join Senator Cruz in objecting to Senate consideration of any Continuing Resolution without a vote on delaying funding of Obamacare. Defunding Obamacare is essential to restoring economic growth. At this time of fiscal turmoil, Congress shouldnt borrow more money to pay for something we cannot afford. Although I would prefer a full repeal of Obamacare, we should at minimum delay its implementation until our country is experiencing real, sustained economic growth.
“Those takers and the government union thieves make up that 47%, the rest are going to get pissed as more of the law is enacted IMO.”
What about all of the many unions exepmt from Obamacare by waivers?
That should tell everyone how bad it is before the costs skyrocket out of control, but voters would then have to use truth and logic.
Never let common sense get in the way of an opportunity to bash the GOP. The law can't be repealed without a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives as well as a President willing to sign the repeal legislation. That is not possible until January 2017 at the earliest. As a realist, Senator McConnell is trying to create the conditions for action when and if the pieces are ever in place. But never fear, you will have ample opportunity in the intervening time to criticize him for not doing the impossible.
Many democrats will “play” conservative, say they made a mistake and say they’re going to repeal obamacare and the suckers will fall for it and re-elect them. Just like republicans.
Are they going to employ this strategy before or after they organize their way out of a paper bag?
Why does this evoke images of Animal House scenes?
Oh yes, it’s very complex, we must pretend to support it to defeat it. /s
I do indeed! I have asked this question on several FR threads, and nobody seems to know. Thank you!
“Why not NOW!!”
Exactly. We have Obamacare because the elites in both parties wanted it.
Thanks for the answer. I knew he’d proposed an amendment against it, but couldn’t get to the actual vote. Too late, too tired ;)
Bless you, FRiend, for posting this. I’ve seen it on a couple of threads. Good work :)
Bullshit!! there is no Republican plan to repeal obamacare, secret or not. That is what the Republican candidates said in 2009 and 2010, “Elect me and I will repeal obamacare” and I do believe that , for the most part, those saying that had the intention to do so. However, when they got to Congress, they were neutralized by the Republican leadership who had absolutely no intention or desire to repeal obamacare. In 2010 I bit on that line, but since I have learned. Learned what? The main difference between the Republican Party and Democrat Party is is the spelling.
Don’t fund it....,quite simple really.
Force the thugs, both republicans and democrats, that want this garbage to defend it in public. Then attack...attack....attack...attack...and then attack some more....!
All spending and taxation bills begin in the House. Just don’t fund obamacare..!
Not sure what you are smoking, but the GOP has NO INTEREST
in stopping ObamaCARE (because they are not under its
death panels, nor their families, nor their staff).
THE GOP has sold out to Romney and Romney Agendae.
“Bullshit!! there is no Republican plan to repeal obamacare, secret or not.”
Amen brother...! We have obamacare because the politicians want it..We have a huge deficit because the politicians want it,...We have a huge debt because the politicians want it...We have illegals pouring over the boarder by the millions for one reason and one reason only..., the politicians want it....!
Follow the money.....!!!!
How do they not fund it...if there is no budget?
Obamacare expenditures are built into the Current Services Baseline which, if there is no agreed upon Congressional budget, automatically funds expenditures. > So long as the Senate and the House do not agree upon a budget -- and the appropriation bills are not signed by the President -- Obamacare is on autopilot and there is little the House can do about it.
Other than shut down the government -- which the 'Pubbies are not prepared to do -- because they can't trust the President to manage the money and not default on our debt (or cease writing Social Security checks or cease paying the military their wages, etc.)
The fact that the Democrat Senate has not brought forth a budget for four years is not by accident. They knew they would lose the House in 2010, so they set up a circumstance that essentially chained the Republican House to the status quo ante.
Everybody in Congress is covered by the FEHB ~ same agency that arranges medical insurance for all federal employees. I sometimes run into folks from the HIll at Kaiser ~ so what's going on?
Why dont you read it.
Moslems, Amish, and Congress and their staff are exempt.
WTF happened to “EQUAL UNDER THE LAW”.
Answer: It went the way of truth, justice, and transparency.