Still Taking the Swings

In 2010, about this time, President Obama was preparing himself to sign sweeping healthcare legislation (ObamaCare) and at the Senate was getting ready to take up a bill with some fixes, a key Republican started warning that the political fight over the issue is just beginning.

Outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on ABC that early morning in March of 2010. “They don’t like it, and we’re going to repeal this.

Of course that was going to be a steep climb for Republicans, since they would probably have to win control of both the House and Senate in November’s elections. And because they had no realistic chance of winning 60 seats, they would probably have to use the same reconciliation process they just spent weeks railing against.

Obama signed the main health measure March 23rd of 2010.

McCain, then, said he was angry at “all this euphoria going on” in wake of House passage of the bill. Even so, the political question that arises is basically would a new Republican Congress even attempt to change the measure.

I was never that confident. Most fell lock step behind the former President George Bush and approved the Prescription Drug bill in 2002. In the 1990’s, Republicans gained control of all federal programs but never stopped or hampered the programs such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, Welfare, and Education.

But finally in January of 2016, almost 6 years after the signing and 61 previous attempts to change or eliminate ObamaCare the Senate in December of 2015 and the House in 2016 voted 240-181 vote is a first, as repeal measure now reached Obama’s desk – where it was vetoed.

Idiots or opportunists? 

‘For years, middle-class families called on Washington to build a bridge away from Obamacare, but Democrats continued to prevent Congress from putting an Obamacare repeal bill on the President’s desk. That ends today,’ McConnell said.

I would say at this point the latter.

 

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