Republicans Claim To Have 'Repealed Obamacare' -- Except They Didn't
Republicans were pretty excited about yesterday's House vote to repeal health care reform. A bit too excited.
"WE JUST REPEALED OBAMACARE!" Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) tweeted in all caps, exhibiting the same exuberance with which he screamed at President Obama during last year's State of the Union address.
Sarah Palin aide Rebecca Mansour retweeted an ally who tipped his hat. "Governor Palin's hard work and sacrifice made today's repeal of ObamaCare possible. Please tell the Governor Thank You."
One correct response to these statements is, "YOU LIE!"
Because they forgot about that part of the Constitution where bills can't become laws if the Senate doesn't do anything. And the Senate hasn't done anything. Fail.
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House Republicans, you may recall, have pledged to cite the constitutional basis for all of their legislative initiatives in the text of their own bills. They're 0-for-2 on that score. The health care law was introduced without a citation of constitutional authority. And their other accomplishment -- a bill to reduce printing waste on Capitol Hill -- cited Article 1, Section 5, which holds that "Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings."
Except as David Waldman notes, the bill isn't a rule change. It's statutory.
Bachmann: Repeal The Senate To Undermine Socialist 'Obamacare' (VIDEO)
No House majority likes to see its accomplishments buried in the graveyard of the Senate. That's why Republicans, who cherished the Senate's anti-majoritarian rules for the last two years, are already complaining about how their plans to repeal the health care law have just run into a dead end.
The logical solution to this problem, of course, is filibuster reform, unless you are Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), in which case it's more repealing of things. Specifically, Bachmann wants to repeal President Obama and the Senate and replace them with something more sympathetic.
"This is not symbolic, this is why we were sent here and we will not stop until we repeal a president and put a president in the position of the White House who will repeal this bill, until we repeal the current Senate, put in a Senate that will listen to the American people and repeal this bill," Bachmann said on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.
Bachmann also reprised her criticism of the law as the "crown jewel of socialism."
"Obamacare as we know is the crown jewel of socialism. It is socialized medicine," Bachmann said. "The American people spoke soundly and clearly at the ballot box in November and they said to us, Mr. Speaker, in no uncertain terms, repeal this bill. So today, this body will cast a vote to repeal Obamacare and to those across the United States who think this may be a symbolic act, we have a message for them."