Thanks to the diligence of Senate Republicans, seems the American people are getting (at least a little bit of) what they want. GOP Senators are forcing a new House vote on the health care bill.
A CBS News poll, a survey which skews left, found: “that nearly two in three Americans want Republicans in Congress to continue to challenge parts of the health care reform bill“:
The poll finds that 62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging. Even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.
Seems then the action of Senate Republicans are just what the doctor ordered!
And there’s more to that poll that undermines Democratic talking point. Their much touted USA Today poll was indeed an outlier. Even with the bounce that the legislation was likely to get with its passage and media cheerleading, only 42 percent of Americans approve of the bill (46% disapprove).
Now, as to that Republican challenge. After consulting with the Senate’s parliamentarian, Senate Republicans found two provisions which conflict with Congress’ budget rules. They will thus have to be stripped from the “reconciliation” package before the Senate vote. Since both Houses must pass identical bills before they become law, the House will have to revote.
Let’s hope legislators keep in mind the results of the CBS survey. American people want to see more Republican challenges to this bill. But, then again, as we have seen these past four months (since last November), Democrats don’t respond well to the will of the people when it conflicts with their will for power.