House Republicans on Wednesday are set to vote on a repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act, better known as ObamaCare.
House GOP members have voted to repeal the law 30 times already but now that the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate to be a tax GOP members are using the big “T” word to argue a new reason for the repeal.
Speaking about the vote Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp said during Tuesday’s debate:
“As the Supreme Court ruled, the cornerstone of the Democrats’ health care law, the individual mandate, is a massive tax. This is a major tax with major implications. Democrats have argued that the individual mandate was necessary to improve the nation’s health. So what’s next? Will they require you to purchase low-fat or low-salt foods or pay a tax because they think it’s good for you?”
The voting process which includes a two-day debate-and-vote process is being called a waste of time by Democrats. Joking about the situation Rep. Jim McDermott said:
“As a psychiatrist, I’m qualified to say this. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The game is over. The referee, John Roberts, blew the whistle.”
GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy is confidant that even some Democrats will vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act and for that reason the GOP will score some points during the election cycle.
Using ObamaCare to win over voters may be harder than expected for Republicans after Mitt Romney in 2005 admitted people needed to have medical insurance. According to Romney:
“Everyone must either become insured or maintain adequate savings to cover their medical expenses. We cannot expect some citizens to pay for others who can afford to pay some or all of their own way.”
Romney did stop short of saying everyone should be forced to have insurance but the sentiment will add fuel to the Dems fire.
While much of the ObamaCare law is still hotly contested most critics have agreed that several portions already in use such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents plans until age 26 have had positive effects on users.