Today is July 1st and it could be a cold day in July. In fact, we should check to see if snow is falling and there are blizzard conditions around the nation.
Why could it possibly be a cold day in July?
Because Mitch McConnell could quietly be turning into the conservative hero who will destroy the Obamacare tax.
From The Hill:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said the Supreme Court ruling upholding the president’s healthcare reforms cleared a path for the Senate to undo the law and that he would push for a repeal vote before the November elections.
“We will also be insisting that we have a vote on ‘ObamaCare’ again before the election,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”
The GOP leader said the Supreme Court’s decision to hold the individual mandate as constitutional under Congress’s taxing powers meant senators needed only 51 votes to repeal that particular provision.
“Reconciliation is available because the Supreme Court has now declared it a tax,” McConnell said.
“They have unearthed the massive deception that was practiced by the president and the Democrats, constantly denying that it was a tax,” he said. “As a tax it is eligible for reconciliation.”
But McConnell appeared to acknowledge that passing a repeal vote in the Democratically-controlled Senate would be a difficult proposition and said that were Republicans to retake the chamber in November he would make repeal a priority.
McConnell is saying the right things. He is not using the dodge of just “voting” on a repeal nor is he going Romney by saying he will “act” to repeal. He is laying out a strategy which is obvious after the Supreme Court Obamacare tax ruling.
McConnell has not been a great conservative in the past. He has been squishy at times. He has had his moments however, such as when he stood against McCain Feingold.
McConnell has taken the lead in the last few months. While John Boehner wants to haul up his freshly laundered white flag of surrender, McConnell actually seems like he wants to fight.
McConnell is certainly not the poster child for the conservative movement for a lot of people, but right now I am ready to take my friends and allies where we can find them.
If McConnell is actually going to stand and fight for the repeal of Obamacare (and not merely slapping Romney’s name on an almost identical program), I’ll be the first to stand with him.
The late Andrew Breitbart said at CPAC in February that if anyone stood against the tyranny of the left, he would stand with them.
Mitch McConnell is standing against Obamacare and I will stand with McConnell.
I've emailed Senator McConnell to vote No on LOST.
Well,give credit when it is due, call up his office anf thank him.
While I agree that Obamacare should be destroyed, I don't trust McConnell at all. No chance of it being overturned, so what's the point?
They do need to talk about something in the Senate, so they as well debate getting rid of anything with the name Obama in it.
The point of a vote before the election is to try to get people on record about supporting this monstrosity or not.
I see that as a good thing. Let's get names of those who vote to keep it, make them public, and target those up for reelection.
Are you suggesting that we actually do something?What a novel idea.
So cynical and sophomoric Dean! I "kinda" like CaliRay's idea, so what would YOU suggest?
I will believe it when they produce.
As will I, Judson. And I will make sure everyone in my precinct knows the facts and is informed of why Obamacare must be repealed and then replaced at the state level with Constitutional laws.
I'm sorry, Carlo, but moving socialized health care from the federal to the state level will do nothing to cure the fundamental operational problem that having government(s) inserted in the system(s) causes. If governments are collecting taxes, fees, fines, etc., from the supply chains that make up the healthcare delivery system then that means that the costs for paying for healthcare are flowing through the government(s), back into the healthcare delivery system to be uplifted for profitability and then added into prices that are paid in the future.
Whether you follow the money from the point whether governments pay for benefits of any kind or whether you follow the costs that flow the other direction, it becomes obvious that socialism has to be able to violate the laws of nature if socialistic systems are to be viable.
That, in a nutshell, is the fatal flaw in socialistic governments. Today's costs get looped back through the goverment to be exchanged for taxes that are paid from the delivery supply chains where the costs are then uplifted if the enterprises who make up the supply chain are profit-making and then the uplifted costs are embedded into the prices that will be paid tomorrow.
Socialism requires that we have perpetual motion available for our use in order to be able to design systems that can deliver the intended results. Ain't gonna happen except in the fantasies of the true believers who believe that governments have special capabilities or supernatural powers with which they can do things that the rest of us mere mortal humans just can't do.
Agreed, Thomas. Let me add the following:
Socialized health care at the state level is a bit of a sticky wicket in another important way.
As we all know, Republicans are touting sales of health insurance across State lines as a big factor in cost savings. There are problems with this approach, which the Dems have yet to zero in on.
Note that laws controlling sales, application, dispute resolution and many other factors are controlled by State laws, which may vary widely! Such laws are outside of Federal Enumerated powers, and protected by the 10th Amendment.
In other words, actual coverage as well as price may vary dependent upon State of origin. One may be comparing apples and oranges, as it were, with sales across State lines.
Unfortunately, the Constitution DOES give all powers not enumerated (and granted to the central government) to the states or the people.
So, like Mass., all states could pass a similar bill and it would be lawful. I much prefer this, as we can easily recall any state official, if we do not like the plan. Whereas, it is not possible to recall a federal official at this time -- still awaiting New Jersey Supreme Court ruling.
Bottom line, while I do not like socialism (and we can fight it in the states), I really do not like DC in my life even more!!