It’s May of 2013, and time is not standing still. Obamacare is already a disaster. There are limited but very important opportunities to prevent Obamacare from being implemented in 2014. Full repeal is of course the goal, but there are other options for pulling the rug out from under this dreadful law.
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) is seizing these opportunities to stop Obamacare from causing irreparable damage to our health care system. He has offered two pieces of legislation that will help defeat Obamacare. The first is The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act, and the second, introduced yesterday, is the Federal Repeal of Expensive Exchanges Act.
House Republicans renewed their long-standing effort to overturn the 2010 health care overhaul, passing a bill Thursday to repeal the law in its entirety.
The legislation, sponsored by Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, is the first such effort in the current Congress. The bill marks the GOP’s third attempt to fully repeal the law (PL 111-148,PL 111-152) since taking control of the House in 2011 — none of the attempts advanced in the Democratic Senate. In total, Republicans have voted to undo the law, or parts of it, more than 35 times, with the last vote for a total repeal in July 2012 as a symbolic gesture following the Supreme Court’s decision to largely uphold the law.
The bill passed Thursday comes more than three weeks after House GOP leadership unexpectedly pulled from floor consideration a measure (HR 1549) that would have extended enrollment in the high-risk pools by transferring money from another part of the law. Several conservative groups, like Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth, blasted the bill for attempting to fix the law and encouraged the House to vote on a full repeal.
In the mid-’80s, many Members of Congress advocated amnesty for long-settled illegal immigrants. President Reagan considered it reasonable to adjust the status of what was then a relatively small population, and as his attorney general, I supported his decision.
The path to citizenship was not automatic. Immigrants had to pay application fees, learn to speak English, understand American civics, pass a medical exam, and register for military selective service. Those with convictions for a felony or three misdemeanors were ineligible.
This should sound familiar, as it’s quite close to the path and provisions set forth by the Gang of Eight.
Promises were made in that bill — “from border security to law enforcement” — that were never fulfilled.