Friday, January 7, 2011

House to Debate Health Care Repeal Next Wednesday

From C-Span:

Today, the House is taking up the rules governing next week’s scheduled debate on a bill to repeal the health care law. Last night, The House Rules Committee met and voted on the rules for debate. It is expected that the debate to repeal the health care bill will take place next Wednesday.

Among the more disputed aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act is the mandate that all individuals buy health insurance, which will not take effect until 2014.

The White House and Democrats have come out against the repeal bill. Senate Democratic Leaders sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner earlier this week stating that they have no plans to debate this repeal bill in the Senate and urged him to “consider the unintended consequences that the law's repeal would have on a number of popular consumer protections that help middle class Americans."

President Obama has also stated he would veto any repeal efforts that come to his desk. However, House Republicans say they will then try to repeal the legislation piece by piece.

The mandate that requires, under the threat of fines and jail time, Americans to buy health insurance with the terms and conditions that the federal government decides, has been ruled unconsitutional by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Virginia.

The Obama administration has admitted that it's not a health care "reform" but a new taxation. Despite the name of the law, "affordable health care" is hard to come by, when your insurance company raises the annual premium by 40% just this year thanks to this "reform" people call Obamacare.

The Republicans' effort to repeal should be encouraged, even if it's a token gesture. However, the bill that they have no intention of repealing will soon prove more costlier and deadlier to our health: the food safety bill that passed the Senate in the lame duck session in November and was just signed into the law of the land by Obama just yesterday.

Nullification at the state level seems the only way.


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