Good start to GOP House?
By AdrienneRoyer on January 04, 2011
Now I realize that this is largely symbolic, and it has very little chance of actually succeeding, but it signals that House Republicans appear to be listening to the base. Rasmussen reported yesterday that 60% of Americans favor repeal. As reported in the Daily Caller, I agree with Congressman King's view.
Congressman Steve King, Iowa Republican, told The Daily Caller that he sees the repeal effort as more of a way to get everyone on the record with where they stand on Obamacare, and doubts the repeal will even make it through the Senate, never mind getting enough Democrats on board to overturn an Obama veto.
While the key to gutting Obamacare is likely to be lawsuits and appropriations, the effort is important for 2012 elections. Truthfully, seeing how GOP leadership rubber-stamped the crazed spending of the Bush administration, this is more than I thought we'd get.
Between the Tea Party's quasi-victory over earmarks, and the early scheduling of a vote on Obamacare, are Republicans willing to follow the will of the people?
Maybe I've lived within the Beltway for too long, but I didn't expect Republicans to actually take up meaningful reform of health care. Our system needs to be fixed, not replaced. It seems like too much to hope that the GOP could be pro-active and send common sense legislation to the Senate for consideration. According to Politico:
The House will vote on a separate resolution that would, in effect, take steps toward creating an alternative Republican health care plan. The resolution would call on four key committees to create health care legislation that addresses 12 different goals, to “lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice,” “increase the number of insured Americans,” “protect the doctor-patient relationship,” and “prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and provide conscience protections of health care providers,” for example.
This news and the new rules to be proposed by Republicans make me cautiously hopeful that the new guys in Washington are keeping voters in mind. However, the murky debt ceiling issue is likely to be the real test for the new GOP majority.
Adrienne works in the conservative movement and blogs at Cosmopolitan Conservative.
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