House will vote on ObamaCare repeal today
Later today, the House of Representatives will again move a measure forward to repeal ObamaCare, the health insurance reform law that was largely upheld by the Supreme Court at the end of June:
With just 15 days left to legislate before the August recess, House leadership isn’t scurrying to pass job creation legislation or curb the looming “fiscal cliff,” Instead, lawmakers are devoting their time to largely symbolic votes like repealing the Affordable Care Act, the 31st time such a vote has taken place.
“There are demonstration projections and there are also demonstration votes,” says Larry Sabato, Director for the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “It is to let your party base know you are with them and to force your opponents to vote the other way.”
While the “Repeal Obamacare Act” is expected to pass in the House with a sweeping majority, Senate leadership is unlikely to ever bring it to the floor, nor would it ever pass under the Democratic majority.
Yesterday, only four House Democrats joined House Republicans in voting for the rules on the debate. Only a few other Democrats could vote for repeal today, though they will most likely vulnerable members.
As noted above, this is the 31st time House Republicans have brought forward a vote on repeal. That’s not something that has been lost in the discussion on the topic. This looming vote is being dismissed as a waste of time. But if we take a quick glance at polling, Americans still favor repeal despite the recent Supreme Court decision.
When recently touting his tax proposal, President Barack Obama said that polls show Americans support raising taxes on higher-income earners. Despite the fact that the House is unlikely to do anything other than extend current tax rates for all income earners, why aren’t the same things being said about Obama’s push to raise taxes?
Whether it’s political or not is irrelevant. House Republicans are echoing, not only their base, but Americans who don’t believe the law is going deliver on the promises made by the Obama Administration when it was passed. ObamaCare is not going to contain costs, insurance premiums will continue to rise, will only add to our fiscal problems, and it raises taxes on the middle class.
That, folks, is why they’re pushing repeal.