Today, the US House of Representatives is going to fulfill an election pledge by voting to repeal Obamacare. Voter anger over many issues helped return the opposition party to power in the lower chamber of Congress. This vote is one such manifestation and attempts to highlight the differences on this issue between the major parties.
"Our vote to repeal is not merely symbolic," said freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., an ophthalmologist. "It respects the will of the American people. And it paves the way to reform our health care." The major problem with the health care reform law is that it doesn’t reduce the cost of health care. Health care costs have risen at a 9% clip in the United States for 30 years and will become acute as the Baby Boomers start retiring.
Today’s action is symptomatic of the Republican strategy of "Repeal and Replace" towards the Obama administration’s major legislative victories of health care and financial regulatory reform. There are significant problems with these pieces of legislation that need repair or they will (already) have a negative impact not only on the nation’s fisc, but also on the nation’s economy.
The question for President Obama is this: how should he constrain a Republican House bent on tearing down his work?