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Politics &Tea Parties Richard Falknor on 19 Jan 2011 09:41 pm

Obamacare Repeal: Senate Next? Debate “Hits and Misses”

TWO UPDATES JANUARY 20!  From Real Health Reform: Our Money, Our Health, Our Choice! Greg Scandlen asks Was I Too Harsh? “Not at all. My skepticism about Republicans and health care is well-earned. Most of the leadership of the Republican Party over the past twenty years has been perfectly willing to discard free markets when it suits them.” Ross Schriftman points to HIPAA, The Glaring Omission “Listening to the debate on repeal I heard one Democratic member of Congress after another claim that if someone changes jobs and has a pre-existing condition they couldn’t get coverage with their new employer or that condition would not be covered.  Between their statements and the report from the Administration there is not one word mentioned of the protections most Americans already had prior to the passage of last year’s massive ‘reform’ bill. . . . To the Republican members’ discredit I didn’t hear one word about HIPAA protections in their response during the debate.”(Underlining Forum’s throughout.)

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This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a simple repeal of Obamacare by an overwhelming vote.

So what happens now?

Heritage’s Brian Darling at RedState explained yesterday in the Repeal of ObamaCare in the Senate – How To Do It

“If Senators don’t take any action when the bill is transmitted from the House to the Senate, then there is little to no chance to pass the House repeal measure.   This will show that Senate Republicans are not serious about a full repeal of ObamaCare.  It is possible for conservative Senators to force a vote on H.R. 2, when the time is right, if they follow two simple procedures in the Senate to protect their rights.  

The bottom line is that it is possible for opponents of ObamaCare to set themselves up for an extended debate on ObamaCare in the Senate — if they have the will.  It is also possible to pass the bill in the Senate, if conservatives are patient and ready to spring a vote on liberals when the time is right.”

But Darling cautions – –

“As I said over at the Foundry, ‘if the supporters of a full repeal of Obamacare don’t use the Senate’s rules to force a vote on full repeal, don’t take them seriously when they say they . . . really want to repeal President Obama’s de facto government takeover of health care.’ A repeal vote is fully within the power of Senators — if they are serious about repeal.”

Greg Scandlen of Real Health Reform: Our Money, Our Health, Our Choice! gives us a scorecard of  Hits and Misses of the Repeal Debate

“Granted I may have missed something, but overall, I am left once again to wonder if the Republicans have the slightest idea of what they are talking about or how to craft a debate — other than maybe Mike Pence and Paul Ryan.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

One Scandlen “hits-and-misses” example:

“MISS. Several Democratic congressmen from New York and New Jersey have said that if ObamaCare is repealed, thousands of their constituents will be deprived of health insurance due to their pre-existing conditions. No Republican has pointed out that those states have guaranteed issue (GI) for all lines of health insurance, so presumably there is no one in either state who would be deprived of health insurance for having a pre-ex.”

Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Scandlen of course is a strong opponent of Obamacare, but readers may profit from going through his list of “hits and misses” by both parties in today’s House debate.

And the “misses” illustrated in this debate will likely reappear in the positive portrayal of government medicine in much of the major media.

The list illustrates, in our view, the need for GOP incumbents to get on top of the details of government lest the machinery of government stay on top of us. 

The need to do our government homework runs not just to Obamacare — but to rolling back industry-suffocating EPA rules, maintaining our infrastructure, and making the right choices in national  defense — as well as to state and local topics such as public-employee-pension reform and stopping eminent-domain abuse. 

And if we Tea Partyers and the conservative grass-roots want our elected officials to do their homework, of course we will also have to do it right along with them.

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