Early evening tonight Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a measure to
repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. In the manner that Congress has perfected, the amendment will be attached to the FAA reauthorization bill now in front of the Senate. Yesterday a Florida U.S. District Judge ruled the Affordable Care Act wholly unconstitutional. In doing so, Judge Vinson referenced the Boston Tea Party – and this quote will make your day:
“It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.” ~ Judge Roger Vinson (Thanks to the Arizona Tea Party Network)
If that doesn’t keep a smile on your face for a few days, what’s up with you?
The vote is expected to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, February 2). Since the Senate is in the hands of Democrats with a 53-47 majority, the LA Times says the vote is “largely symbolic.”
Republicans need just four Democrats to come to their side and vote for repeal. Only four. So, those votes will likely not be there tomorrow, but the fact is, Democrats will have their vote on the record – and in the Book of Shame – and they will be remembered in November 2012.
To these Democrats, McConnell said this on the floor of the Senate:
“It’s an opportunity to reevaluate your vote, to listen to your constituents who are desperately trying to get your attention,” he told his colleagues. “You can say, ‘Perhaps this was a mistake.’ ”
In the meantime, working through the night, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) is crafting her amendment to remove the 1099 reporting that is so egregious in the health care law. She hopes this will be a signal that Democrats are willing to make changes to the bill…nevermind that Democrats had no willingness to change a single items before they were booted out in November 2010…nevermind that the Affordable Care Law is now unconstitutional.