Congress finally puts ObamaCare repeal on Obama’s desk … and?

posted at 12:01 pm on January 7, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

“The 64th time is finally the charm,” WIFR reports as Congress finally musters enough votes to send an ObamaCare repeal to the White House. Sixty-three times in the past, the House has tried to push repeal all the way through Congress, only to get met with Harry Reid running interference for Barack Obama. This time, Senate Republicans finally cooperated by using the same mechanism Reid exploited to pass the Affordable Care Act in the first place:

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon passed legislation that would repeal Obamacare, and after more than 60 votes to roll back all or part of the law, the bill dismantle it will finally get to the President’s desk. …

The Senate passed the legislation last month, using a budget mechanism known as “reconciliation” to overcome a Democratic filibuster. House Speaker Paul Ryan has told members he will hold an “enrollment ceremony” Thursday to sign the bill before sending it off to the White House.

The measure would also bar any federal money for Planned Parenthood, something conservatives in Congress vowed to do after a series of videos released by an anti-abortion group last year triggered a controversy about the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood maintains the footage was edited and denied any improper activity.

And … that probably won’t last past the final echoes of Ryan’s “enrollment ceremony.” Obama will no doubt set speed records in vetoing the legislation and holding a public ceremony of his own to do so. Ryan and Mitch McConnell don’t have anywhere near enough votes to override a veto, which makes this strictly a symbolic action. Voters for the most part understand that, even if most of them still don’t grasp that Congress can’t defund a statute-based entitlement program through the budget process.

There’s nothing wrong with symbolic actions, of course, while longer-range action is being planned. Critics of this bill note that Republicans haven’t unified behind a replacement plan for ObamaCare even after nearly six years of opposition and 64 votes to repeal the ACA. Ryan promises that a GOP alternative will shortly emerge that will have the backing of both Republican caucuses on Capitol Hill. That will be good news, if long overdue.

The problem for Republicans is that they hit the expiration date months ago for symbolic action. Republicans took control of both the House and Senate almost precisely a year ago, and the expectation was that GOP leadership would press on ObamaCare immediately. This effort seems like a year late and a mountain of dollars short, as I argue in my column for The Fiscal Times:

This effort could have been made a year ago, and should have been made a year ago, when the GOP took control of Congress. Instead, Boehner and Mitch McConnell made an understandable but mistaken choice to focus on process rather than issues. Republican leadership wanted to prove it could become a governing party in advance of the 2016 elections, but voters wanted evidence of change instead. That miscalculation not only became the undoing of Boehner but of the Republican Party’s standing with its grassroots voters, who cared much less about process and more about winning on the issues.

In a strange way, Republicans share a failing with Barack Obama: overpromising and underdelivering. Obama spent the last three months promising dramatic action on gun control, only to offer an ambiguous (but still potentially troublesome) adjustment of the definition of a firearms dealer, thanks to the limitations of his executive authority. Republicans spent 2014 promising dramatic action on a number of priorities, especially Obamacare, on which they could never substantively deliver thanks to the limitation of their majorities in the legislative branch. On top of that, the GOP didn’t even bother to offer a symbolic victory until now.

This repeal would have garnered cheers in January or Feburary 2015, even with an Obama veto and no way to override it. A year later, it seems doubtful that it will do much to restore the GOP’s credibility. Bait-and-switch strategies will have that effect and send consumers looking for other options. With just weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primaries, there is little time and almost no opportunity to fix that problem in time to address the anti-establishment fervor in the Republican electorate. Paul Ryan will need to keep delivering in 2016, though, in order to give the GOP enough credibility to fight in the 2016 general election, no matter who the party nominates.

A year ago, the electorate that was sold on electing Republicans to fight Obama would have welcomed this symbolic action. Had GOP leadership fought that fight immediately, its voters might not be looking at outsiders like Donald Trump and Ben Carson to lead the party. Ryan seems to have grasped this better than others in the upper echelons of the party, but this feels very anti-climactic now. In fact, this might end up giving Obama a better media opportunity than it will Republicans, while a year ago it would have made Obama look as though he was permanently on the defensive.


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Hey, where’s the thread on the collapse of the ChiComs’ economy? Not that it breaks my heart, but we’ll feel the effects.

Ward Cleaver on January 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

After they funded it.

kabuki

Garyinaz66 on January 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Voters for the most part understand that, even if most of them still don’t grasp that Congress can’t defund a statute-based entitlement program through the budget process.

Which is a problem in itself.

rbj on January 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

What are the top 10 accomplishments of the Republican Congress in the Obama era? Crickets….

timoric on January 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Republicans: Always fighting the last war and the wrong enemy.

makattak on January 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Republicans: Always fighting the last war and the wrong enemy.

makattak on January 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

And never finding that “hill to die on”.

makattak on January 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

What they need to do is write an incredibly complex bill, about 2,000 pages long, unrelated to health care and something the President would sign. Then just add one sentence on page 1,874 that repeals ocare. Don’t talk about it until after he signs it.

Flange on January 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM

That’s all this is – more kabuki.

So the craven and callous GOPe can grin in front of the cameras and tell the voter that yes, they finally honored their ‘word’…

…and we should all rush out over the next months and vote for the GOPe and their anointed candidates.

There is no limit to the contempt they hold us in.

Athos on January 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM

They put a repeal on his desk, yet they vote for every penny to fund it.

Not fooling anyone.

clement on January 7, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Ryan and Mitch McConnell don’t have anywhere near enough votes to override a veto, which makes this strictly a symbolic action. Voters for the most part understand that, even if most of them still don’t grasp that Congress can’t defund a statute-based entitlement program through the budget process.

Yes, it’s symbolic, which is the only reason they did it. They have no intention of repealing Obamacare.

rickv404 on January 7, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Pony up the exorbitant premiums, deductibles and penalties for the holdouts, you working slaves of America, the land of “individual liberty”! OBEY or be punished!

otlset on January 7, 2016 at 12:13 PM

“Alright, now that failure theater is over for the year time to get to work passing amnesty, Obamatrade, PR bailout etc.”

– Paul “the beardless wonder” Ryan

Redstone on January 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

A year ago, the electorate that was sold on electing Republicans to fight Obama would have welcomed this symbolic action. Had GOP leadership fought that fight immediately, its voters might not be looking at outsiders like Donald Trump and Ben Carson to lead the party.

And had the voters not gone looking to Trump and Cruz as alternatives to establishment politicians, would we see this bill passed? The GOP leadership only seems to pander to the base when it’s an election year and/or something scares them into action(i.e. Cantor’s primary defeat).

Doughboy on January 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Self Promotion.

ExpressoBold on January 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

timoric on January 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

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artist on January 7, 2016 at 12:19 PM

It was failure theater Ed…

If the GOPe were serious they’d have dared Obama to shut down the government again….

It’s not enough to be lied to by the people I donate for and actually vote in to the Madhouse…

I so enjoy the commentariat lying to me and themselves.

harlekwin15 on January 7, 2016 at 12:23 PM

What an empty gesture and waste of time!

papa brian on January 7, 2016 at 12:24 PM

“Now, we can all say we voted to repeal ObamaCare. Our work is done here. Lets move on”

Speaker Ryan to GOP.

BobMbx on January 7, 2016 at 12:26 PM

What are the top 10 accomplishments of the Republican Congress in the Obama era? Crickets….

here’s a test, see if anyone can come up with two

DanMan on January 7, 2016 at 12:27 PM

After they funded it.

kabuki

Garyinaz66 on January 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Eactly what I was thinking. I trust Paul Ryan even less than I trust Obama.

bw222 on January 7, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Good Lord Ed are you unaware they just consciously and purposely fully funded obamacare and PP?!?!? Does it occur to you they could have FOUGHT that battle and CHOSE not to???

Oh but the symbolism was not timed perfectly ….SHEESE……..

winston on January 7, 2016 at 12:28 PM

At the treehouse

“Battered Conservative Syndrome” – GOPe Apology and Reconciliation Phase Begins…
Posted on January 6, 2016 by sundance

wifarmboy on January 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM

I think it’ll be interesting to hear what the candidates say once Obama vetoes it. It may be too late, but it could be useful for Republican candidates to play off of. Sadly, there’s probably one one candidate anyone would believe if he said he’d sign a repeal bill.

ConDem on January 7, 2016 at 12:33 PM

This repeal would have garnered cheers in January or Feburary 2015, even with an Obama veto and no way to override it. A year later, it seems doubtful that it will do much to restore the GOP’s credibility. Bait-and-switch strategies will have that effect and send consumers looking for other options. With just weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primaries, there is little time and almost no opportunity to fix that problem in time to address the anti-establishment fervor in the Republican electorate. Paul Ryan will need to keep delivering in 2016, though, in order to give the GOP enough credibility to fight in the 2016 general election, no matter who the party nominates.

Actually, the timing here is pretty good, right before the first primaries and caucuses. It will give the Republican candidates a chance to say that they (as President) would sign a repeal of Obamacare, and also to put Hillary on the spot as to what she would do about Obamacare if she were President. It also comes shortly after another open-enrollment period where people have seen premiums and deductibles rising rapidly, the Republicans voting to repeal Obamacare, and Obama vetoing it, sending them the message that the only way to get rid of Obamacare and its escalating cost is to elect a Republican President.

Steve Z on January 7, 2016 at 12:34 PM

This makes me so angry! They wait until they’ve given away all their negotiating power and all their leverage to put forward initiatives that are important to us! Of course they’ll fail! And it seems by design – they can claim that “they tried their best”, but of course they didn’t. These people (including Paul Ryan) are reprehensible!

LilyBart on January 7, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Fluke You, RIaNO.

From now on he’s Paul RIaNO.

ConstantineXI on January 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

And lets not forget that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were just pinching themselves with the last budget – they couldn’t believe how much they’d won- how much the republicans were willing to give away! As I said above, reprehensible!

LilyBart on January 7, 2016 at 12:36 PM

What are the top 10 accomplishments of the Republican Congress in the Obama era? Crickets….

timoric on January 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

I’d be happy if there were a top ten list from the Bush years. All we got then was No Child Left Behind and Medicare, part D – both expansions of existing Democrat programs.

Occams Stubble on January 7, 2016 at 12:36 PM

What a load.

Mr. Arrogant on January 7, 2016 at 12:37 PM

After they funded it.

kabuki

Garyinaz66 on January 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Exactly…a meaningless gesture meant to fool Republican voters into thinking that they’re actually doing the job they were sent to do only it’s more insulting to this Republican than reassuring.

cajunpatriot on January 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Congress and Senate are about as effective as the Keystone Cops.

31giddyup on January 7, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Good job congress. Force obummer’s veto pen. For the record.

jake49 on January 7, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Big Pharma lobbyists will be booking ALOT of free vacations for GOP senators and their families this year.

Job well done, weasels!

If you think Obamacare will disappear if a Republican gets elected prez, I have a bridge to sell you.

Agent Cooper on January 7, 2016 at 12:51 PM

I’m not as negative on this as most are.

It’s a gain of inches, meaningless in the long run, but at least we got the ball moving again.

If this leads to increasing pressure and momentum, then great. It is a pretty big if, but hey, at least there is now the possibility.

Sackett on January 7, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Congress and Senate Republicans are about as effective as the Keystone Cops.

31giddyup on January 7, 2016 at 12:47 PM

FIFY.

The Dems are getting what they want, and then some, with the help of the Republicans.

bbordwell on January 7, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Is this the new Spock or the old one?

Cleombrotus on January 7, 2016 at 1:01 PM

This is just for show because if the Republican half of the uniparty put ACA repeal and PP defunding in the Omnibus Obama would have signed it the second it got to his desk. /sarc.

I had to indicate sarcasm because a majority of the people hete would accept the statement at face value. What is really for show is the Trumpster element’s raving about the Ominbus. They are ok with Socialism as long as the country is walled off from the outside world.

jerryofva on January 7, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Wow,I feel better already,don’t you?

docflash on January 7, 2016 at 1:07 PM

The Dems are getting what they want, and then some, with the help of the Republicans.

bbordwell on January 7, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Neither party is serving for the betterment of the country, just their party (uniparty that is).

31giddyup on January 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Congress finally puts ObamaCare repeal on Obama’s desk … and?

And, when it is vetoed, Paul Ryan shrugs his shoulders and mutters something like “we tried.”

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

O/T
Saw this Trump ad on Drudge (top left corner) a few minutes ago, viewed it, returned to Drudge, add was gone. Odd.
Direct and to the point/s… room for add ons as the campaign goes on.

31giddyup on January 7, 2016 at 1:18 PM

GOPe – “Hey look! We DID something!”

Voters – “Too little. Too late.”

Turtle317 on January 7, 2016 at 1:22 PM

And never finding that “hill to die on”.

makattak

Oh but they did. They FINALLY found an issue worth fighting for:Oil companies, lol.

xblade on January 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Given the nature of the roll-over RINOsaurs in the Senate and House, Obama ought to sign the bill and let the GOP Congress look silly as they can’t agree on a replacement.

Then the Ocrats will step in and provide some sort of left wing ‘politically marketable solution’ that really isn’t a free market solution. However the RINOsaurs will agree to it because there’s big crony bucks involved that will help them keep their leadership power.

The last thing the RINOsaurs will want to do is hook up with one of common sense conservative plans that will come up. These marketbased plans generally don’t include the same crony bucks that the RINOsaurs (and DINOsaurs) are accustomed to partying with.

Sure, this is quite possibly what might go on in 2017 when Obama is gone. However, the makeup of the Senate might change enough so the DINOsaurs won’t have the clout to make it work then like they might this year with the weak-kneed RINOsaurs in the Senate pretty much doing everything the Ocrats want.

drfredc on January 7, 2016 at 1:27 PM

They are ok with Socialism as long as the country is walled off from the outside world.

jerryofva

They should be more like you and be okay with socialism and letting the whole world come get their share.

xblade on January 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

To understand how bad Ryan’s awesome budget was when Steve Israel announced his retirement he was asked if it was because he saw no way to advance with Pelosi and Hoyer staying entrenched. He replied absolutely not and praised Pelosi’s leadership in negotiating such a great budget for democrats. I couldn’t find that quote but here’s a similar sentiment per USA Today.

Just before Congress passed the 2016 spending bill in December, Israel — who is also a member of the Appropriations Committee — joined Pelosi at a breakfast press conference to trumpet Democratic successes keeping key Republican-backed policy provisions out of the bill.

DanMan on January 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

What is the point of this bill ? It accomplishes nothing.

Do they think we’re idiots ?

jaime on January 7, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Do they think we’re idiots ?

jaime on January 7, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Yes. Duh…

pannw on January 7, 2016 at 1:46 PM

I’m not as negative on this as most are.

It’s a gain of inches, meaningless in the long run, but at least we got the ball moving again.
gets the ball moving again?
If this leads to increasing pressure and momentum, then great. It is a pretty big if, but hey, at least there is now the possibility.

Sackett on January 7, 2016 at 12:53 PM

I can’t believe an adult could write this.

You seriously believe that after the GOP gleefully agrees to fully fund both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, that this bit of January magic gets the ball moving again?

What friggin’ ball?

Honestly, I thought that that at this point; long, long after the GOP has proven they will do nothing whatsoever to advance actual conservative principles, that even the LIV like you would have figured out that it will NEVER HAPPEN.

Apparently not- you’re pleased with the smoke and mirrors and happy to make up excuses for their inaction. Rubio supporter?

Dolce Far Niente on January 7, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Congress and Senate are about as effective as the Keystone Cops.

31giddyup on January 7, 2016 at 12:47 PM

At least the Keystone Kops were meant to be funny…

Newtie and the Beauty on January 7, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Voters for the most part understand that, even if most of them still don’t grasp that Congress can’t defund a statute-based entitlement program through the budget process.

Of course they can. The reason this attempt will fail is just because they don’t have enough votes to override the veto.

No statute passed by one Congress can bind the next Congress. All it has to do is pass a law saying otherwise, and the statute-base entitlement is gone. And that’s more likely to happen in a budgetary law, simply because funding originates in the House of Representatives, which is more likely to want to repeal Obamacare.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 7, 2016 at 2:07 PM

The problem for Republicans is that they hit the expiration date months ago for symbolic action. Republicans took control of both the House and Senate almost precisely a year ago, and the expectation was that GOP leadership would press on ObamaCare immediately. This effort seems like a year late and a mountain of dollars short, as I argue in my column for The Fiscal Times:

This, on the other hand, is a solid point. It’s patently obvious that the Senate is only reluctantly approving of a measure the majority of the Republican base wants, and only because they know it will be vetoed.

But again, it’s the political will that is mostly lacking. You’d have to get some Democrats to agree to override the veto, and they’re not about to do that when the Republican Senators are so unserious.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 7, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Only possible benefit to this tactic is siphoning votes from democrats that are getting screwed by the ACA. Most of them stupid enuff to still vote for killary prolly…..

Indiana Jim on January 7, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Passing this after caving and giving Obama and the Democrats everything that they want in the spending bill is especially distasteful. Republicans pretend to want the same things that we do immediately after giving away all of their leverage. Ridiculous.

besser tot als rot on January 7, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Why do they keep pushing the replacement angle? A bad idea is a bad idea. There’s no reason to replace government forced purchase of a private product with a slightly different version of government forced purchase of a private product. I still don’t understand how the individual mandate was found to be constitutional. Has anyone been charged the fine yet for not having insurance? If so, are there any lawsuits challenging it?

hoffy on January 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Ryan and Mitch McConnell don’t have anywhere near enough votes to override a veto, which makes this strictly a symbolic action.

Symbolic? It’s pure political theater.

These scumbags tried to ram their stinking omnibus budget bill down our throats last fall and the consequences were disastrous for them. Ultimately Boehner had to step down and in the midst of a revolt they didn’t dare use Democrat votes to pass it so they passed a stop gap, promising to make changes.

Then they made no changes, waited until it was time for the Christmas break, and passed it with Democrat votes in two days while people were distracted.

Then they ran away and hid. I know my GOP Senator literally shut down every single one of his offices for the holidays as soon as the Omnibus vote was taken.

Coming back the RINOs wanted to immediately provide a distraction to keep people from focusing on the last thing they had done, their craven omnibus vote.

That’s why they pulled this Obamacare stunt. Just a dog and pony show to distract the hicks out in Flyover Country.

If you’re not disgusted and angry about this contemptible charade, you should be.

novaculus on January 7, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Congress finally puts ObamaCare repeal on Obama’s desk … and?

And, when it is vetoed, Paul Ryan shrugs his shoulders and mutters something like “we tried.”

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

And then probably say something about hoping that the bill being vetoed by Barack Obama doesn’t hurt the GOP election chances in November….

Athos on January 7, 2016 at 2:34 PM

This, on the other hand, is a solid point. It’s patently obvious that the Senate is only reluctantly approving of a measure the majority of the Republican base wants, and only because they know it will be vetoed.

But again, it’s the political will that is mostly lacking. You’d have to get some Democrats to agree to override the veto, and they’re not about to do that when the Republican Senators are so unserious.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 7, 2016 at 2:11 PM

(emphasis mine)

I’ve been probably the only person here defending Mitch McConnell for years, but I am furious with him over not passing this immediately. Apparently he doesn’t get the fact that the #1 reason he is Majority Leader now is Obamacare.

Maybe he finally fell in line when he saw Matt Bevin get elected Governor in Kentucky on a platform that included repeal of Obamacare and closing the state exchange. Even Kentuckians who have ostensibly benefited in the short term could see the long term disaster it is.

rockmom on January 7, 2016 at 2:59 PM

Why do they keep pushing the replacement angle? A bad idea is a bad idea. There’s no reason to replace government forced purchase of a private product with a slightly different version of government forced purchase of a private product. I still don’t understand how the individual mandate was found to be constitutional. Has anyone been charged the fine yet for not having insurance? If so, are there any lawsuits challenging it?

hoffy on January 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The idea is to repeal the individual mandate, the tax subsidies, the Cadillac tax, the federal definition of “adequate” health insurance plans, and replace it with some much smaller legislation that would allow insurers to cross state lines and allow states to use their existing Medicaid funds more creatively to get more people covered with less red tape.

More competition among insurers and providers, and less government red tape is the answer to controlling health care costs and expanding access to affordable health care. Allow insurers to sell “mini-med” plans again which are affordable for low-wage workers, and expand health savings accounts to help people save and pay their own routine costs. Hopefully a GOP plan would also include repealing the tax exemption for employer-provided health insurance as this has distorted the market considerably. Free employers from the baggage of running health insurance programs and let them give the workers higher pay instead of tax-subsidized insurance that many of them don’t need. That will help the economy to and it will REALLY help the middle class.

All of this requires new legislation.

If the GOP can come out with a consensus plan that puts real buying power in the hands of the consumer and puts health care decisions back with the doctors, that will be a winner in 2016.

rockmom on January 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Hey, where’s the thread on the collapse of the ChiComs’ economy? Not that it breaks my heart, but we’ll feel the effects.

Ward Cleaver on January 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Yeah..it’s kinda funny how our economy is not even a topic to report on in any more than a passing mention. Dumped another 380+ point today. Can you imagine how news reports and “journalists” would be harping about it if a repub was in office?

Mimzey on January 7, 2016 at 4:12 PM

Yeah..it’s kinda funny how our economy is not even a topic to report on in any more than a passing mention. Dumped another 380+ point today. Can you imagine how news reports and “journalists” would be harping about it if a repub was in office?

Mimzey on January 7, 2016 at 4:12 PM

Same way last week when the media was virtually silent on the Atlanta Fed downgrading the 4th Qtr GDP estimate to showing only 0.7% annualized growth. And likely the same way later this week December’s unemployment data is announced – particularly if it doesn’t reflect unprecedented job growth.

For the propagandists at the Ministry of Truth, the proles need to focus on why Cruz isn’t eligible for President, the boots that Marco Rubio wear, and why we need to ignore the growing violence in Germany from their irresponsible decision to accept 1M+ Muslim immigrants, 70% of whom are military age single men.

Athos on January 7, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Obama said he wouldn’t vote for it if it added a dime to the deficit. This bill sounds like exactly what he was asking for.

munseym on January 7, 2016 at 4:50 PM

This time, Senate Republicans finally cooperated by using the same mechanism Reid exploited to pass the Affordable Care Act in the first place

We’ve been telling them to do this for long time but I thought they told us it wasn’t possible?

It’s amazing what can happen when 2/3 of your primary voters are stomping the heck out of your favorite candidates. We’ll see how long this lasts.

jnelchef on January 7, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late…

Oxymoron on January 7, 2016 at 5:11 PM

Why do they keep pushing the replacement angle? A bad idea is a bad idea. There’s no reason to replace government forced purchase of a private product with a slightly different version of government forced purchase of a private product.
hoffy on January 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The idea is to repeal the individual mandate, the tax subsidies, the Cadillac tax, the federal definition of “adequate” health insurance plans, and replace it with some much smaller legislation that would allow insurers to cross state lines and allow states to use their existing Medicaid funds more creatively to get more people covered with less red tape….
All of this requires new legislation.

If the GOP can come out with a consensus plan that puts real buying power in the hands of the consumer and puts health care decisions back with the doctors, that will be a winner in 2016.

rockmom on January 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM

I don’t disagree with your good ideas, but the only “plan” that is needed is this short:
No government control in any way of insurance contracts.
Period.
The only role of government is to police fraud.

There may be some role in health care per se to ensure safety of patients.
That’s it.

Most of the medical legislation is to line pockets and exercise power.
Consult the VA of your choice for evidence.

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Obama will no doubt set speed records in vetoing the legislation and holding a public ceremony of his own to do so. Ryan and Mitch McConnell don’t have anywhere near enough votes to override a veto, which makes this strictly a symbolic action. Voters for the most part understand that, even if most of them still don’t grasp that Congress can’t defund a statute-based entitlement program through the budget process.

Wrong, this is nothing more than an attempted CYA for giving away the store in the budget fiasco. Apparently the Republicans think all the LIVs are on their voter roles.

ghostwalker1 on January 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

This country will not rest until Obamacare is repealed.

NYCMike on January 7, 2016 at 6:21 PM

If you’re not disgusted and angry about this contemptible charade, you should be.

novaculus on January 7, 2016 at 2:31 PM

I much more disgusted by the shortsighted arsonist GOP ‘base’ that has made such moves necessary to prevent complete collapse. Stop demanding we destroy the country and people might stop treating you like you are &^%$ing crazy.

Tlaloc on January 7, 2016 at 6:29 PM

They should be more like you and be okay with socialism and letting the whole world come get their share.

xblade on January 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

You assume to much about my position on immigration because I don’t support Trump.

What the reaction to this going to fail repeal effort proves that the rage is all about immigration and not the Omnibus. The faux outrage by both Trumpsters and Cruzers is manufactured to stoke their own anger over the impotence of the Congressional Republican leadership that is a result of Founding Fathers desire prevent both an executive or legislative dictatorship. Ed’s too late is an admission that a dual to the death over the omnibus was a losing battle and that any Republican leader would have done the same thing. Ed is arguing for the politics of the futile gesture, which is something that losers do.

jerryofva on January 7, 2016 at 6:32 PM

If you’re not disgusted and angry about this contemptible charade, you should be.
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novaculus on January 7, 2016 at 2:31 PM

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I much more disgusted by the shortsighted arsonist GOP ‘base’ that has made such moves necessary to prevent complete collapse. Stop demanding we destroy the country and people might stop treating you like you are &^%$ing crazy.
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Tlaloc on January 7, 2016 at 6:29 PM

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That’s as “contrary” as we can possibly get.

Our “solution” is “destruction” to you, and vice versa.

Any notion of compromise is null and void, with that degree/intensity of contrarian opposition.

listens2glenn on January 8, 2016 at 2:22 AM

I much more disgusted by the shortsighted arsonist GOP ‘base’ that has made such moves necessary to prevent complete collapse. Stop demanding we destroy the country and people might stop treating you like you are &^%$ing crazy.

Tlaloc on January 7, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Repealing ObamaCare will destroy the country?

Chuck Schick on January 8, 2016 at 2:38 AM

I much more disgusted by the shortsighted arsonist GOP ‘base’ that has made such moves necessary to prevent complete collapse. Stop demanding we destroy the country and people might stop treating you like you are &^%$ing crazy.

Tlaloc on January 7, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Repealing ObamaCare will destroy the country?

Chuck Schick on January 8, 2016 at 2:38 AM

Hyperbole is the greatest thing EVER!!!!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM