The House will vote later today on repealing ObamaCare, one of the most unpopular big-ticket bills ever passed by Congress. Jennifer Rubin contends, it “will pass overwhelmingly, with more Democratic votes in favor of repeal than there were Republican votes to pass it originally.”
For that to happen, Republicans will need just two Democratic votes (if by original passage, she is referring to the bill then-Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La) supported). I expect at least a dozen Democrats to vote with a unanimous Republican caucus for repeal. Other Democrats will follow the lead the president took when serving in the Illinois Senate.
There will be about 25 (perhaps as many as 40) more votes to repeal Obamacare than there were votes to pass it (219) last March (219). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who, when Speaker last year, was masterful as rounding up Democratic votes to get to a bare majority will have trouble wrangling as many votes as there were Republicans in the House at the time (178). Methinks that, in the end, only about 170 members, all Democrats, will vote against repeal. (But, as per the above, a good number of Democrats will either vote present or will have trouble making it to Capitol Hill at the time of the vote.)
Echoing Speaker Boehner who says the Democrats’ health care overhaul will mean “hundreds of thousands of jobs lost“, Michelle Malkin calls Obamacare “the mother of all job creation-stifling regulations“. Timothy Carney reminds us that even “the bill’s authors admit that ‘reform’ could be something of a time bomb that will cause exploding health care costs down the line.”
Meanwhile Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Joseph Antos and James Capretta contend that a “close examination of CBO’s work and other evidence undercuts this budget-busting argument about repeal and leads to the exact opposite conclusion, which is that repeal is the logical first step toward restoring fiscal sanity.
Now, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is daring his Senate counterpart to hold a vote on repeal. Go ahead, Harry, make his day.
Has the U.S. House ever voted to repeal legislation this comprehensive within ten months of its initial passage?