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House Votes to Repeal ObamaCare: 245-189

The House voted to repeal ObamaCare yesterday with the vote being 245-189.  Every Republican voted for repeal and they were joined by three Democrats.  (Passage of ObamaCare in March of last year was 219-212.)  Now the bill goes to the Senate where Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, has pledged that the repeal measure will never come to the floor for a vote.  Not so fast Harry!  Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, is pledging to get a senate vote on repeal:

 

 “The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want to vote on this bill,” McConnell added. “But I assure you, we will.”“I want to congratulate our colleagues in the House on this important first step. I hope the Senate will soon follow suit with a vote of its own,” McConnell said in a video release following the successful 245-189 vote in the House to repeal the healthcare law.

Few living people know the rules of the Senate and how to use them better than Mitch McConnell and I think he will get an up or down vote on repeal, unless the Democrats filibuster.  Reid has a problem that 23 Democrat senators are up for re-election in 2012.  He has a narrow majority and a skittish one.  I can imagine a Democrat filibuster crumbling if they hear from enough of their constituents.  Doubtless Obama would veto a repeal of ObamaCare if it passes the Senate, but such a veto would underline just how deeply unpopular ObamaCare remains, and make certain that it will be a central issue in the 2012 campaign.  

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.