Is It Time For Republican Lawmakers to Move On From Attempting to Repeal Obamacare? [POLL]
Two Supreme Court cases, two defeats. Repeal vote after repeal vote and even attempts to defund Obamacare have all fallen short on the goal. According to POLITICO, some Republican lawmakers are ready to move on and hope that a Republican President can repeal Obamacare.
Republicans have tried to kill the law twice at the Supreme Court, only to be rebuffed. They’ve held more than 50 repeal votes, virtually all of which have died in the Senate. They tried to defund the law through the spending process, but the government shut down instead.
As Republicans process Thursday’s sharp rebuke at the hands of the Supreme Court, they’re struggling with what to do next — beset by internal divisions and procedural roadblocks that severely limit their options.
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The reaction to the ruling ranged from defiance to resignation.
Many, like Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), concede the law is here to stay until at least 2017, when they hope a GOP president will finally kill it. But conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz insist Congress should use “every single tool at our disposal” now to stop the law, including holding spending bills hostage to force President Barack Obama to acquiesce.
Bad idea, say other GOP lawmakers. “We’ve tried that before, and it didn’t work very well,” said Cruz’s fellow Texan, Sen. John Cornyn.
Still others, such as Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), say it’s time to focus on fixing aspects of the existing law, rather than continuing a fruitless repeal effort.
“No, no,” responds Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). “It needs to be repealed and replaced.”
The dissension all has left some GOP lawmakers resigned and ready to move on.
“We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board, figure out if there is an alternative at this point,” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Thursday. “Perhaps it’s time to move on from this particular topic.”
Republican lawmakers are divided over what to do. Do you think Republican lawmakers should move on and hope for 2017? Or should they keep fighting?