Is the ObamaCare debate over if the CBO score is favorable to Democrats? Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) isn’t ready to give up quite yet. He gave another speech on the House floor early this morning, exhorting Democrats on the fence to vote no and start over from scratch. He also warned Democrats that while Republicans may be a minority in Congress, opposition to this bill is a majority in the country as a whole:
“This is a remarkable moment in the life of our nation. After years of runaway federal spending, deficits, debt, borrowing, bailouts and takeovers, against the opposition of a clear majority of the American people, the Democrats in Congress and in this administration are prepared to ram through a $1 trillion government takeover of health care.
“It’s just hard to believe. Ignoring the will of the American people, twisting the rules of the House and the Senate into a pretzel, we are headed for a showdown this weekend. But I got to tell you, I like our chances.
“The reason House Democrats don’t have the votes is because the American people know this is a government takeover of health care. Mandating that every American purchase health insurance whether they want it or need it or not, passing hundreds of billions of dollars in job-killing tax increases, providing public funding for abortions, and setting into motion government-run insurance that will cost millions to lose the insurance they have is a government takeover of health care.
“Let’s have the debate. A minority in Congress plus the American people equals a majority. America, we can win this fight.”
Pence has been on fire this week. He has continually reminded people that ObamaCare is nothing less than a government takeover of the health-care system, predicated on the fact that the federal government will have for the first time the power to force every resident to purchase a service as a requisite of residing in the US. It’s an amazing act of governmental arrogance, one that is most likely unconstitutional.
Can Americans win this fight? It’s not over yet, but we’re getting down to the make-or-break moment. And if Nancy Pelosi calls for a vote this weekend, I’d have to assume she thinks she has the votes.
Update: The Boss Emeritus notes that the GOP muscled a privileged question onto the House agenda this afternoon to force an up-or-down vote on Demon Pass. The House endorsed it, 223-203.