Saturday, September 24, 2011

2012 Will Be The End Of ObamaCare

The Republican wave that washed across the nation in the 2010 election will return in 2012 and come crashing over the nation again. Americans are angry about the way the Democrats have been handling the economy. Many Democrats, including President Obama himself, will find themselves unemployed after the 2012 elections are over. 
If the Republican tsunami does indeed return in this upcoming election and many Democrats are washed out of office at the local, state and national level, there will be an additional bonus for the Republican victory: ObamaCare will end even before it had a chance to ever begin: 
At the risk of sending more Democrats reaching for their Prozac, consider this not implausible scenario: Republicans lose 10 to 15 House seats but maintain their majority, albeit a more narrow one. In my mind, this is the single most likely outcome in the House. Across the way in the Senate, the GOP picks up a net gain of four or five seats, creating either a 51-49 or 52-48 Republican majority in that chamber. Now let’s say Obama loses reelection, whether it’s to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, or any other GOP contender.
Obviously for Democrats, who less than two years ago held not only the presidency but also substantial House and Senate majorities, this scenario would represent something just short of the end of Western civilization as they know it. The conventional wisdom is that if Republicans pick up the presidency and a Senate majority while keeping control of the House, they would either starve or nibble away at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the health care reform law), or at least as much of whatever the courts haven’t thrown out. The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet weighed in on the matter.
But consider a second scenario. Let’s assume that the first piece of legislation introduced in the House is H.R. 1, a bill to effectively repeal the health care law. Upon arriving in the Senate it is incorporated into the budget reconciliation process and therefore cannot be filibustered. Only 50 votes would be necessary, with the (Republican) vice president breaking the tie, or it could get 51 or 52 votes without the vice president even needing to weigh in. Thus in the first weeks of the newly minted Republican Washington, health care reform is effectively repealed—not just nibbled at or starved to death, or for that matter picked apart by courts.
Having a Republican in the White House along with a majority in both houses of Congress will ensure that ObamaCare ends immediately after all candidates have been sworn into office. The best Republican to have in the White House in 2012 is Romney. He has repeatedly promised that he will repeal ObamaCare by issuing an executive order that will instruct the Secretary of Health and Human services to grant a waiver to all 50 states. That is no hollow promise. He will honor his commitment to the American people and work to repeal ObamaCare starting on his first day in office by issuing that executive order. 
There are so many reasons for Americans to be excited for 2012. Another Republican tsunami that will wash over the nation at the local, state and national level. Obama will be out of office. ObamaCare will be repealed and Mitt Romney will be the new President of the United States. 

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