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House Dems Join GOP In Meaningless, But Revealing, Obamacare Vote

July 22, 2013 by  

House Dems Join GOP In Meaningless, But Revealing, Obamacare Vote
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You know Obamacare’s a mess when the same supporters who voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its components, back in 2009 and 2010, are now voting to put off actually enacting the thing.

Last week’s vote to delay until next year a mandate requiring employers of 50 or more to offer insurance coverage, as well as a vote to delay the mandate that compels individuals to purchase insurance, marked one of the most bipartisan things the Republican-led House of Representatives has done in a while.

The employer mandate passed on a 264-161 vote; the individual mandate by a 251-174 margin.

That means Democrats are voting against Obamacare.

An analysis in The Hill last week contrasted House Democrats’ recent, stridently partisan voting pattern with that of last Wednesday’s Obamacare “mandate” votes.

Vulnerable House Democrats laid low Thursday after voting to delay two key ObamaCare mandates over a White House veto threat.

The hush from centrist Dems came after a considerable number cast ballots alongside Republicans on Wednesday for bills designed to embarrass the Obama administration.

The next day, many of the defectors failed to respond to requests for comment on the votes. Some avoided reporters, while several others declined to speak through spokesmen.

The divisions over healthcare strongly contrasted with a recent pattern of unified votes by House Democrats.

Not a single Democrat voted last week for a stripped down Republican farm bill, and only four voted in May to tie student loan rates to the financial markets.

But ObamaCare’s employer and individual mandates proved a different story, highlighting anxiety over the divisive law as lawmakers from swing districts await 2014.

In the long run, the House vote on Obamacare won’t matter. President Barack Obama has said he’ll veto the bills, and the Senate isn’t going to let them make it that far anyway. And we’ve all seen this movie before. Taken together, last week’s votes marked the GOP majority’s 38th attempt at repealing, defunding or stripping the PPACA since January 2011.

But with Obama off to an abysmal start in his second Presidential term and his signature accomplishment growing more unpopular as the ACA’s October deadline nears, it’s telling that 35 House Democrats voted to delay the employer mandate, while 22 did the same concerning the start date for mandatory individual coverage.

Fourteen of the Democrats who voted to delay both were Congressional freshmen. But the rest were longtime Obamacare supporters who’ve heard an earful from their constituents back home and need to save a little face before next year’s midterm elections.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Joseph CASCI

    It’s very sad but true the age group in question are extremely ignorant in knowledge as far as knowing our constitution and all of the sacrifices that thousands made in order for us to have it individuals like Obama do and are very defiantly taking full advantage of their ignorance which is exactly what is leading our country down the primrose path to Socialism / Marxism type of government a form of government that literally hundreds of thousands have given their lives to prevent so we could remain a free people and this group is throwing it away without even realizing what they are doing. The 2nd amendment question on some of the polls I’ve seen really amazes me, how many people answer no to the question ( do you believe the 2nd amendment gives us the right too bear arms) how totally ignorant can one be to answer no to that question the writing is very clear with absolutely no room for misunderstanding it as any educated person can see. So what’s the answer to that have they never read it can these people not under plain English it simply amaze’s me that the majority answer no to it. I’m sorry to say this but the ones that answer no are just plain stupid, ignorant idiots. What a sad sad state of affairs we have to live with these days and it will be our downfall.

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