“They got everything else in the entire bureaucracy that they need to control our healthcare system … with the signing of this bill. … That’s why repealing this bill has to be our No. 1 priority.”
– Republican Minority Leader John Boehner on a live radio show announcing his intention.
Repubs are pulling this out on the week that the first b$250.00 Medicare supplement checks are going out to seniors. Tim Kaine, head of the Democratic National Committee is daring the Repubs to make this destructive repeal move the focus of their fall campaign to win back Congress and has challenged Boehner and Company to reveal the things they’d take away from Americans and give back to Insurance Companies.
Today the DNC will release this television ad:
Back in March, he President made it clear that Democrats wanted Repubs to use health care repeal in their campaign:
“Now that we passed it, they’re already promising to repeal it. They’re actually going to run on a platform of repeal this November. And my attitude is, ‘Go for it.'”
“If they wanna have that fight, we can have it,” he went on. “Because I don’t believe the American people are gonna put the insurance industry back in the driver’s seat. We’ve already been there, we’re not going back. This country’s moving forward.”
Looks like Boehner is walking right into it. One would hope.
(thanks to TPM for staying on top of all this.)
A Quote for the Day – All the stalls in getting the Health Care Bill through reflects on Republicans…
…and as we look forward to upcoming issues and elections:
“The ace we have in our pocket is the Republican party. The Republicans have concluded that their success lies in our failure. The American people are smart. They smell a rat. They know there was nothing about trying to get a better bill.”
– VP Joe Biden being interviewed on Fox.
Tomorrow’s vote is scheduled for 7:00 AM… Be There or Be Square!
We will know soon enough.
This is the Al Franken that I am glad to see in the Senate:
And I know that Al HAS read the Bill!
Do you believe it? Naah, me either.
Of course, I hope I’m wrong.
…after I signed their petition. I pass it on to you. Ted Kennedy should be remembered by a major, public-option Health Care Bill. I pass this on to my readers:
I just signed this petition to honor Ted Kennedy, which will be delivered to senators on Monday:
“Ted Kennedy was a courageous champion for health care reform his entire life. In his honor, name the reform bill that passed Kennedy’s health committee ‘The Kennedy Bill’ — then pass it, and nothing less, through the Senate.”
Kennedy’s bill includes a public health insurance option, and it would be an honor to Kennedy’s memory if it passed the Senate. Will you sign the petition? You can sign here.