Blog | Friday, January 7, 2011

QD: News Every Day--Political haymaking in the middle of winter


Repealing health care reform has become a way of stockpiling ammunition for the campaign trail. The Republican-led House has scheduled a repeal of health care reform for Wednesday, Jan. 12, and they'd garner as allies some but not all 13 Democrats that voted against health care reform to begin with. The House's quixotic vote would then promptly die in the Democrat-held Senate.

But recording votes on repeal would put pressure on already vulnerable lawmakers, as well as give a quick boost to incoming ones. A Gallup poll shows 46% of Americans want health care reform to be repealed, 40% don't want repeal.

Unfortunately, not only can't the law be passed, it would add $230 billion to the federal debt by 2021, according to the Congressional Budget Office. House Speaker John Boehner said, "I don't think anyone in this town believes that repealing Obamacare is going to increase the deficit," although Republicans have already exempted a repeal of the health care law from new rules prohibiting legislation from adding to the federal debt. (Politico, Kansas City Star, [Aurora, Ill.] Beacon-News, USA Today, CNN)