The 112th Congress has officially begun and House conservatives are quickly acting on their promise to repeal the new health care law. According to the Daily Caller, the vote has been set for next Wednesday, January 12.
Representative Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News that he believes repeal does have the chance to pass through all of Congress with enough votes to override President Obama’s (inevitable) veto. In order to make that happen, you need 2/3 majority of both chambers. That means every single Republican as well as 48 House and 20 Senate Democrats. In my opinion, that is highly unlikely. Nonetheless, this is an important vote, and one that we will wholeheartedly endorse.
The budget-busting health care bill, complete with mammoth tax hikes and mounds of restrictive regulations, is NOT real reform and will do little to lower costs and improve quality of care. With every related vote that takes place, it enables us to keep the issue alive with American taxpayers and help stop the damaging provisions before they take effect.
I encourage all of you to put pressure on your Representative and Senators. Emphasize that next week’s vote is far more than a “symbolic” gesture, and remind them that they were sent to Washington to listen to the wishes of those people they serve.