Thank You to Senator Webb for Voting “No” on GOP Health Care Repeal Lunacy

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    Thank you, Senator Webb, for voting against the Republicans’ latest lunacy – the effort to repeal health care reform. I’d thank Senator Warner as well, but for whatever reason he wasn’t present for the vote.

    Anyway, now that Republicans have lost on their latest hissy fit – they mustered 47 votes, but needed 60 votes to move their amendment forward – hopefully they will have gotten this particular idiocy out of their systems and allow the Senate to move on to real business. As Sen. Reid says:

    It’s time to move on from extreme, ideological plans to repeal a health care law that is lowering prices, expanding access to care and lowering our deficit. There is plenty of work left to do together to create jobs, expand our economy and move this country forward.

    Makes perfect sense, which is exactly why Republicans probably will do the exact opposite. It’s ironic – not that Republicans have any understanding of irony – that these are the same people who screamed at Democrats for not focusing on the economy, every time Democrats tried to vote on anything else, from clean energy to health care to the START treaty to whatever. Yet, now that Republicans are in charge in the House and with larger numbers in the Senate, it’s fine for them to never focus on the economy. I guess that makes sense in the “up is down/black is white/war is peace” world of the Republicans.

    P.S. Also keep in mind that Republicans were voting against the overwhelming majority of Americans who do not want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In fact, only 26% of Americans want to “repeal it completely,” while 19% want to “leave it as is” and 43% want to “change it so that it does MORE to change the health care system.” For the math challenged among us, that’s 62% who want to leave it alone or expand it, versus just 26% who want to “repeal it completely.”

    UPDATE: See the “flip” for a great speech by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, from our neighboring state of Maryland. Definitely worth watching, I wish all Democrats talked like this!

    • normanva

      Where were the 62% supporting the healthcare bill on election day?  If they had showed up at the polls, we wouldn’t be having these idiotic votes.  I hope that those who didn’t show up learn from their mistake in time for the next election.

    • Jim B

      The media sound bites and the repugs have sought to derail the health care law from day one. And strange that it seems that Americans that already have health insurance are against this law. I have insurance and certainly don’t want anyone else to do without because of politics. But, is is all about politics.  

    • Teddy Goodson

      of voters turned out in 2010 compared to 2008, as you said: more white, older—- 2008 showed the country to be left-of-center when heretofore invisible voters show up. That those voters did not turn out in sufficient numbers (the Obama-voters) in 2010 to offset the conservatives was due to many factors, IMO, but the economy had a lot to do with the drop-off, of course.

      Nevertheless,I personally think Obama showed an utter lack of political leadership from the getgo, i.e., from before inauguration right on up almost to today, and that is the main reason the Democrats lost.

      With astute political leadership, the entire terms of debate would have been changed (which is what progressives had expected when they supported Obama). I refer not merely to the utter absence of political leadership from Obama on health care, but to the whole policy discussion over the Wall Street meltdown. That is, the politico-economic theories and policies which brought us the Great Recession should have been challenged; instead, we ended up within the Republican frame, and it was downhill from there. When Obama failed to deliver on that necessary change in the terms of the debate, he dropped the ball—- and got the 2010 election results.