If they force Obamacare through, then lose their majority, won’t Republicans simply reverse the vote, and return us to the status quo?
First of all, there was some tricky language in the bill, weird language that seemed to be an effort to keep future Congresses from repealing their bill. They required a 2/3 vote before anything about Health care could be changed. If this is still extant, that may be a problem.
The problem is this: Senate rules can only be changed by 2/3 votes. When bills arise that have regular legislative provisions, AND changes to the rules in the same bill, the rule is that a 2/3rds vote is required to pass such a bill.
In section 3403 of the Senate bill, it says this: “. It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” In order to repeal this provision, a 2/3rds vote would be necessary, because what is “in order” and what is “out of order” in the Senate is a matter of the Senate rules. So the Democrats have built into the bill a requirement that 2/3rds be required in order to repeal certain bits of Obamacare.
The language in Section 3403 deals with the IMAB – the board of unelected bureaucrats who will make decisions to reduce what Medicare pays for. So no matter what, the IMAB may not be voted out of existence, except by a 2/3rds vote of the Senate. That is very unlikely.
It is beyond weird that the Democrats are so anti-democratic that they have tried to keep their legislation from ever being repealed. And they have created a body that cannot be controlled by Congress. What a rotten bunch we have here.
This provision in the bill will go to the Supreme Court, which probably will rule against it. But it might not do so for 3 or 4 years from now. The damage to private health insurance industry will be done. It will be gone, and only the government will remain.
Senator Demint asking what is going on.
Second, even if Republicans take control of both the House and the Senate, Obama will simply veto their bills.
So we are facing the idea that we will be stuck with his government takeover at least until 2012. The process of wrecking the private health insurance industry will begin. The private health insurance industry will be ruined. Health insurance for millions will be all screwed up. People will be forced into the exchanges. Obama hopes that people will have gotten used to the new government run health care by that time, and he will have created 30 million voters who will vote Democratic to keep their government benefits coming.
If massive dislocation takes place, people are going to be really angry.
I think if this goes too far, impeachment is not out of the question. But it will take a while for things to turn really sour, and by that point, Obama will either be out of office, or re-elected. The whole thing is sort of a poison pill.
I don’t think the man realizes how badly this is affecting the economy. Businesses need stability and calm in order to be highly efficient. Without that, employment is going to remain very low.
What a disaster this guy is.