Senators Wobbly on Repeal?
Less than two weeks away from what could be an historic election for conservatives, President Obama has at least one reason to smile. On Monday, a top Senate Republican dismissed the idea of repealing Obamacare. Retiring Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) told the Fox Business Network:
I don’t think starving or repealing is probably the best approach here. You basically go in and restructure it.
Considering Senator Gregg voted for full repeal in March, this turnabout is astounding.
Then on Tuesday, word began filtering out that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made similar comments to a group of high-level donors. According to the Davis Intelligence Group:
The junior senator from Tennessee told the gathering of donors not to worry about the incoming class of “crazier Republicans” because the majority of Senate Republicans, especially minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), had no intention of repealing the president’s health care bill.
Yesterday, in Human Events, Senator Corker’s chief of staff responded by saying:
He [Corker] vigorously opposed the healthcare bill that passed in March, has voted to repeal it and has said on numerous occasions that it will cause great damage to our country if it is implemented.
While we’re happy to see Senator Corker deny those claims and reaffirm his support for repeal, we’d encourage him to do more. He ought to sign onto S.3152, “A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
Conservatives are demanding serious action. That is why Heritage Action ran ads against Members who refused to sign onto the discharge petition. Representative Gene Taylor (D-MS) stepped up to the plate. Now we’re asking Representatives Ike Skelton (D-MO), who said he supports repeal, to do the same.
Join the fight! And make sure repeal becomes a reality.