Friday, April 28, 2017

Why can't House repeal Obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don't want to

Via Billy

The Republican-controlled House and Senate both voted to repeal Obamacare in January 2016. In the House, 239 Republicans voted for repeal, while three voted against it and four did not vote. President Obama, of course, vetoed the bill.
Now, with a president who would sign an Obamacare repeal, there's no way Republicans could get as many votes as last year.

"We're going to go when we have the votes," Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any "artificial deadline," Ryan declared.

On March 24, when the Speaker pulled the GOP Obamacare bill before what would have been a sure defeat, he said, "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

But why? Republicans have 237 seats in the House. Repealing Obamacare will require 216 votes. Even with unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose 20 votes and still prevail on repeal. Why haven't they done it?

By this time, it's becoming increasingly clear that Republicans have not repealed Obamacare because a lot of Republicans do not want to repeal Obamacare.


  1. The only difference between those rino fools and a flaming sack of dog poop is the sack.
    Ask me how I really feel.

    1. We're doomed, 57/58%? of Americans want more government.

  2. We might just need single payer... We can always switch back, I guess?

    What we have currently appears incredibly inefficient.

    I'm thinking political strategy. I *do not* want single payer myself. I don't want any sort of welfare, and I don't trust the government. I want more government than does a libertarian, but that doesn't mean I trust it.