The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last March was historic and meant to change the lives of the millions of uninsured citizens in the U.S. I for one was looking forward to having health care since I’ve been uninsured for the past year-and-a-half due to my divorce.
As I write this post, I’m suffering from Bronchitis for the third time in under four years, and I’d have to pay $250 to get a prescription at Urgent Care, so I’m just waiting the cough out. Though subsidized insurance isn’t due under the Act until 2014, if Republicans have their way, it may never happen.
The Daily Caller reported today that “House Republicans plan to vote to repeal Obamacare on January 12 as their first order of business in control of the 112th Congress.” Will they succeed?
According to the Caller, Republican Congressman Fred Upton “expects a full repeal to make it through the House and the Senate with enough votes to overturn a veto from President Barack Obama.” That’s highly unlikely, however. A more realistic scenario has been predicted by Republican Congressman Steve King, who says, “I think very early in January we will pass a standalone repeal bill in the House. Then, that bill goes on to the Senate where I think Harry Reid will do everything possible to avoid taking it on and that means that the Jim DeMints of the world and others will have to turn up the pressure substantially and the public will need to turn up the pressure substantially on the Senate.”
The question then becomes, is the public interested in repealing Obamacare? I don’t think so. But part of Obama’s healthcare reform has already been declared unconstitutional. In December, Hudson ruled that “the law’s central requirement for nearly all Americans to carry insurance is unconstitutional, well beyond Congress’ power to mandate,” MSNBC reports. That ruling was appealed by the Obama administration, which believes it will have to take its fight for Obamacare all the way to the Supreme Court.