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Cosmic justice alert: ObamaCare repeal to be mediated using process of reconciliation

posted at 11:36 am on June 30, 2012 by

Now that ObamaCare has been declared constitutional (after a fashion), the GOP has announced it will use the process of reconciliation in its efforts to repeal the law. This seems only fitting and appropriate.

Reconciliation, which became part of the political junkie vernacular in 2009, is a parliamentary procedure designed to fast track passage of a bill by eliminating the possibility of a filibuster. Unlike in 2009, when a Democratic supermajority lacked the votes needed to pass the bill through normal channels and abused reconciliation, Republicans plan to use the process as it was intended—on budgetary matters.

Mike Franc, Vice President of Government Studies for the Heritage Foundation, explains the details of reconciliation’s applicability in an article at the Heritage’s blog The Foundary:

Now that the individual mandate has acquired the official constitutional status of a ‘tax’, there is no longer any doubt that the Congress, and more specifically the Senate, can repeal it pursuant to the simple majority vote threshold available under the Budget Act’s reconciliation process. Some Senate insiders were concerned that the reconciliation process would leave too much of Obamacare intact, including the individual mandate. But today’s decision, while alarming in so many other ways, dispels with that concern.

The mandate is now a revenue provision. Therefore, it is germane and not subject to a Senate parliamentary point of order to strike it from a repeal bill. The Senate’s filibuster process that would require a supermajority of 60 Senate votes to approve repeal is now irrelevant.

In other words, the resolution requires a simple majority of 51 votes to pass.

The idea of using reconciliation, aka the “nuclear option,” as a mechanism to repeal ObamaCare is nothing new. The recommendation was made in a GOP debate in October of 2011 by Rick Santorum and seconded by none other than Mitt Romney. Now that the funding for the law has been deemed a tax by no less a constitutional authority than the Supreme Court, the applicability of the process is unimpeachable.

It goes without saying that if the measure passes both houses of Congress and reaches the president’s desk, he will veto it. At least the irony of the process will not be lost.

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Why not try it R’s? See what happens in the senate, house, and IF bho would veto it? We all know bho would veto it in a heartbeat!
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letget on June 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

yes, well, with barry et al still insisting it’s not a tax but somehow accepting that it’s constitutional only as a tax when it’s really a mandate… good luck.

when the executive is a liar and a cheat with pretensions to being emperor and his party being a pack of deluded lying hyaenas and the supreme court have no power to reauthorize anything as a tax by rewriting a law before them, all roberts has done is give fuel the the NPD in chief to continue as usual and for democrats to keep denying the piece of filth is a tax. it’s a constitutional cluster puck in the hands of brazen liars and criminals- like they’re going to passively go along with roberts’ alleged conservative ‘reasoning’ now that they think they won? to obama winning means doing whatever the hell he wants- the technicalities under which he got what he wanted is of no consequence- he’s not beholden to any restrictions. it’s craven is what it is. roberts handed a dictator his crown. talk about triumph of will…

mittens on June 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Even if Obama vetos it, the vulnerable Senators up for reelection will have to vote. Either they are for a massive tax increase 3 months before their election or they are not.

txmomof6 on June 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

We know the House will vote to repeal it on July 11, the question is will Harry Reidiculous once again obstruct the Senate from voting? Looks like there will be post-4th-of-July fireworks in both houses of Congress. Should we all be on liberal whine alert–cuz it’s gonna get noisy.

Love the phrase “cosmic justice”!

stukinIL4now on June 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

We’ve been told loud and clear on Thursday that elections have consequences. Did you get the message, Nevada, Calif, Wash State, NY, NJ MA and all you other demacrap states that keep voting for the same tax and spend lying weasels. Rangel is in the process right now of figuring out how many votes he’s behind so he can keep HIS seat, keep voting taxes and spending and lying to your face. Wake up people, we’re circling the drain.

Kissmygrits on June 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

So can the R’s force an actual vote in the Senate now that it’s a budgetary matter? Always assuming they try of course.

toby11 on June 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM

We know the House will vote to repeal it on July 11, the question is will Harry Reidiculous once again obstruct the Senate from voting? Looks like there will be post-4th-of-July fireworks in both houses of Congress. Should we all be on liberal whine alert–cuz it’s gonna get noisy.

Love the phrase “cosmic justice”!

stukinIL4now on June 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Reid will block it. And will say “once again the Republicans refuse to move on from settled Law”. That will be the end of anything in Congress to do with this topic until the election.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

It goes without saying that if the measure passes both houses of Congress and reaches the president’s desk, he will veto it. At least the irony of the process will not be lost.

Heck, by October there might be enough votes to overturn that veto. If Reid lets it get voted on. If he doesn’t, he becomes poster child as savior of 0bamacare.

I’m enjoying this more every day.

cozmo on July 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM


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