ObamaCare...the game continues
By: Diane Sori
Chief Justice John Roberts’ gamble has been put into play as John Boehner held to his promise to repeal ObamaCare in the House. And kudos must go out to the five Democrats (Reps Dan Boren. (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Mike Ross (Ark.) who voted with the Republicans for the House repeal.
These five men had the courage to cross party lines and do the right thing for their constituents by siding with Republicans in the final vote. In fact, these five Democrats opposed the law when it passed in 2010, knowing even back then that they didn’t need to pass the bill to find out just how bad it was, play on words intended.
With a final tally of 244 yeas for repeal (all Republicans plus the 5 crossover Democrats) and 185 voting nay (all Democrats), a loud and clear message has been sent to Barack Hussein Obama...’We the People’ don’t want your stinking ObamaTAX, my new name for ObamaCare, because ObamaCare is the mother of all TAXES!
And now ObamaTAX moves on to the Senate...hopefully that is, because Prince Harry has vowed not to let it get to the floor. Why...because it very well just might get repealed there too. With the Senate having 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and 2 Independents, we only need 4 Senators to cross over and vote with the Republicans to repeal this monstrosity.
And this scares Prince Harry big time! Only 4 crossovers are needed and then it’s strike two for ObamaTAX.
While right now the House repeal is basically just symbolic, it does verify that this abomination was indeed a TAX as ruled by the Supreme Court. And even though Obama and the Democrats believe it will never pass the Senate, they seem to have forgotten about the legislative process known as ‘reconciliation’ that enables a simple 51 member majority to pass the repeal instead of the usual 60 votes needed to repeal a bill. And they forget this because they still refuse to accept the fact that ObamaCare is really ObamaTAX, and reconciliation is allowed to be used in matters relating to taxes.
And here is something Prince Harry surely will NOT like, our Constitution in Article 1 also states “the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those present, be entered on the Journal.”
Simply, this means that while a yea/nay vote is not an accepted final vote it does let any Senator who has been recognized for discussion on any issue to “ask for the yeas and nays” on whatever question the Senate is considering that said Senator might have just presented. And if the yeas and nays are ordered at the request of at least 11 Senators (one-fifth of the minimum quorum of 51), that determines the manner in which a vote will be taken and again it would go back to reconciliation. And if any Senator happened to object to a “yeah and nay” roll call then a formal vote ensues but either way a vote is taken.
Can you imagine the uproar across the country if Prince Harry tried to prevent discussion or a floor vote on something the House passed and the majority of Americans don’t want...in a nutshell, Prince Harry Reid’s political career would be over, which in and of itself might not be such a bad idea.
But the bottom line is that today’s House vote proved that finally our representatives have started to listen to the voice of ‘We the People.’ ‘We the People’ don't want ObamaTAX because it's actually 21 new TAXES, it increases healthcare costs, hinders job creation, it forces us to buy something we might NOT want to buy, and penalizes us if we don’t. Also remember, if the House knew two years ago that Obama’s pet project would raise taxes, it would have failed to pass when it first came up for vote.
And an added bonus to today’s vote is that it gives Mitt Romney one hell of a talking point. With the vote proving ObamaCare is really ObamaTAX, Obama has broken his promise NOT to raise taxes on middle-class Americans. Remember what happened to Bush 41 when he said, “Read my lips...” well Barack Hussein Obama promised exactly the same thing and also broke his promise. Hopefully, his fate is sealed with that one.
So, now the Senate is up at bat, and it’s their turn to heed the voice of ‘We the People’ for if they don’t they too will be voted out come November.
The game is still very much on...batter up!