Healthcare Repeal Thwarted in Senate as Expected, But The Fight's Not Over

From the beginning, the GOP knew it couldn't pass a full healthcare repeal -- it was always a symbolic time-waster meant to appease the more vocally healthcare-hating in its base. Yesterday, the repeal was defeated in the Senate 47-51, two weeks after the GOP-run House voted it in. Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Ben Cardon, Sherrod Brown and Debbie Stabenow released a joint statement denouncing the attempt, promising, 'We will not allow any such effort to pass the Senate. Nor do we believe that acts of judicial overreach — like Monday’s court ruling in Florida, which deviates from other courts’ judgments on the new law — will stand.'

Another healthcare measure passed, however -- the Senate voted overwhelmingly to eliminate the 1099 clause, which would have required businesses to report goods and services costing more than $600. Thatpassed 81-17.

But as expected, the GOP is vowing to chop healthcare's legs in other ways, including by suffocating funding as the provisions roll out. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Barasso (R-Wyo.) have brought forth the expected opt-out legislation, which would let states decide if they wanted in on parts of healthcare. According to The Hill, Graham said they'd like reform to fail so that Congress “would have to replace it with something that made more sense.” Typically, and infuriatingly, he didn't offer any ideas as to what that might be, continuing the GOP's lust for killing bills just because they can. The lack of ideas -- or integrity -- is staggering.

Meanwhile, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that he will ask the Supreme Court to speed up hearing that state's healthcare suit, which debates the constitutionality of the bill. It's like FDR was never born.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 3, 2011, 4:57am