GOP House Passes Health Care Repeal, Again

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 4:12 pm

The House succeeded in passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act today, by a vote of 244-185. This is, according to House Republicans, the 33rd time they have repealed some or all of the law in the 112th Congress.


Romney Camp Agrees that Individual Mandate Has a Penalty, Not a Tax

By: Monday July 2, 2012 12:20 pm

Mitt Romney’s campaign adviser agreed that the mandate enforcement in the ACA — and MA’s RomneyCare — is a “penalty,” not a “tax,” thus agreeing with the Obama position. Rick Santorum once said Romney would be constrained in how he attacked ObamaCare.

Pelosi Offers to Help Boehner Pass Budget Deal; Republicans Push for Open Rule on Debt Ceiling

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 11:45 am

Pelosi says she would have Democrats step in if Boehner fails to find 218 votes today. And this actually sets up the next fight. Boehner can then go to negotiations with his concern about the more right-leaning elements of his caucus, saying that many of them bolted on the 2011 budget bill and that many more will do the same on the debt limit vote without concessions. It’s a calculated tactic.

Health Care Repeal, 1099 Fix Votes Up Today

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 3:09 pm

We should see a vote in the Senate on repealing the Affordable Care Act today, although a decision on how to approach it is still being worked out. Because of the lack of Senate rules reform, any amendment is subject to filibuster as well. However, my understanding is that the amendment on repeal violates the Budget Act because it increases the deficit, and waiving that needs 60 votes. So I don’t know why the filibuster is the obstacle. Democrats could also move to table the amendment, which would need an up or down vote.

In addition to repeal, Sen. Debbie Stabenow has introduced an amendment to eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement, which passed in the health care bill.

Health Care Repeal Passes, Now the De-Funding Strategy Begins

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 6:09 am

Because Republicans have only a passing familiarity with reality, today they’ll begin to embark upon replacing health care with their own “free-market solutions.” Hysterically, they’re not even sure when the relevant committees will get around to it.

The “Health Care Repeal” Sideshow: Rail, Grandstand… Snuggle?

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 6:59 am

“[The bill] has many strong elements,” Frist added later. “And those elements, whatever happens, need to be preserved, need to be cuddled, need to be snuggled, need to be promoted and need to be implemented. But how do you do it? How do you do a lot of what is in this law?”

Ill-Fated Health Care Repeal Effort Kicks Off in House

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 1:00 pm

Debate begins today on a health care repeal bill in the House, which retains the civil title “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” In a corollary bill, Republicans will direct to the relevant committees instructions for changing the health care bill and coming up with some other solution to what remains a crisis in America. The GOP never produced a comprehensive alternative in the eight years they held the White House under George W. Bush, or the previous 12 under George H. W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. No Republican in the White House has taken health care seriously since Richard Nixon, and no Republican majority in the Congress has taken it seriously perhaps ever.

Health Care “Repeal” Doomed; Showdown to Come over Funding

By: Friday January 7, 2011 2:00 pm

While the repeal effort will fail, it fulfills a campaign promise Republicans made to their base. And they still hold the strings on the funding. So while the spectacle of the charges and counter-charges and the use of the issue in 2012 and beyond is mildly diverting, the real showdown will come when the White House asks for implementation funding.

Ladies and Gents, Your New Republican House Majority

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 9:00 am

The new House of Representatives will be sworn in at noon today. We have a pretty good sense of their schedule of events for the first few weeks before the State of the Union address, and because the Senate is leaving town (another brilliant Democratic tactical decision), they will have Congress all to themselves.

It’s going to be a grand old time.

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