Driving the Day: Repeal, and Looking toward 2012
This evening, the House will vote to repeal Obamacare. If you believe the headlines, the vote is nothing more than symbolism, aimed at satiating the “far right wing” of the American electorate. The truth, of course, is that Americans of all political stripes, especially conservatives and political independents, embrace repeal.
Yesterday, Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz proclaimed that “Every minute that we spend fruitlessly debating the repeal of health care reform, which we KNOW ultimately is not going to happen, is one less minute that we are spending creating jobs and turning this economy around.”
The Congresswoman’s comments are rich in irony, considering House Democrats spent the vast majority of the last Congress obsessing over Obamacare as opposed to jobs.
As evident by the chart, as the Democratic-controlled Congress debated and passed Obamacare, the unemployment rate continued to rise. Hypocrisy, anyone?
With repeal on the front burner in Congress, many are wondering what impact Obamacare will have on the 2012 elections, specifically in the Senate. Yesterday, we saw what may be the first of many dominoes to fall – North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad announced he was retiring. Conrad understands his Christmas Eve embrace of Obamacare was unlikely to sit well with his conservative constituency.
And to show things are heating up, Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson is coming under attack from potential opponent. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning launched CornHuskerKickback.com, reminding all Nebraskans of Nelson’s egregious sellout on Obamacare.
Needless to say, today’s vote is just the begin.