The House of Representatives is set to vote on a repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul this week, fulfilling a campaign promise of congressional Republicans and setting up a clash with the White House and Senate Democrats.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has scheduled a floor debate on the measure for Tuesday and a vote on Wednesday. The new GOP majority, in keeping with its “repeal and replace” mantra, will instruct various House committees to craft alternatives to the law.
“Repealing the job crushing health care law is critical to boosting small business job creation and growing the economy,” Boehner wrote online Monday.
The health care repeal vote had initially been scheduled for last week, but GOP leaders postponed it after the January 8 shootings in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.
The measure is expected to pass the Republican-led House, but is believed to have little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a certain presidential veto.
Personally, even though it seems doomed, I am glad that the House is pushing this. It makes for a stark contrast between the two parties, something that some folks (generally on the fringe) like to try to claim doesn’t exist.
Let the Obamacrats vote to keep this monstrosity of a bill if they want to. Let Obama veto it if it reaches his desk. Let them make public their stance on this federal power grab of control over people’s health. And let the public see how well the Obamacrats listened to the message they were sent in November.
Then let the Republicans remind the voters of these facts in 2012. If you thought 2010 was a bloodbath for the Obamacrats, 2012 should be even worse if they block this repeal effort.
Bring it on!