Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Senator DeMint (R-SC) Introduces Senate Legislation to Fully Repeal ObamaCare - UPDATE: What Harry Reid Has To Say About It

The Republicans in the Senate have introduced legislation to repeal ObamaCare.

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) introduced legislation to fully repeal the Democrats’ government health care takeover that President Obama signed into law March 23, 2010. Thirty-four Republicans have already cosponsored this bill.

“Republicans are standing with the American people who are demanding we repeal this government takeover of health care,” said Senator DeMint. “Repealing ObamaCare is vital to the future of our nation and the health of our people. ObamaCare will raise health costs, reduce choices, ration care, hike taxes, cut jobs, increase the national debt, and put bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. It’s time to start over and implement commonsense solutions that allow Americans to choose affordable plans across state lines, end frivolous lawsuits that drive up costs, and gives equitable tax treatment to those who don’t get insurance from their employer.”

And to my delight, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has co-sponsored the legislation:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced today that he is an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to fully repeal the health care bill that President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010. The legislation is identical to the repeal bill that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Rubio is one of 34 Republicans co-sponsoring the bill. This is the first bill Senator Rubio has co-sponsored.
“It is critical for the future prosperity and health of our country that we repeal ObamaCare and replace it with common sense reforms that will lower health care costs and get more Americans insured,” said Senator Rubio. “At a time when we need to be focused on creating a pro-jobs environment in Florida and across the country, ObamaCare has only served to foster uncertainty for job creators. We need to start over with reforms that promote competition, empower patients with more options, combat fraud and integrate the latest technologies for a system that better serves the patient.”
Actions speak louder than words.  Rubio is off to a good start!

Here is the list of the 34 GOP co-sponsors:
Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Dan Coats (R-Indiana), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Arizona), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).

UPDATE  1/28:

H/T The Lonely Conservative via ABC News:
Reid also said the Senate will hold a vote on the House-passed health care repeal if the top Republican, Sen. Mitch McConnell, demands one. Reid said he would not bring the repeal to a vote, but acknowledged that the Senate GOP could use procedural means to force one.
"I'm certainly not going to bring it up, but we have procedures in the Senate where if somebody, if they wanted to try to increase costs for seniors, if they wanted to take away the ability to have a pre-existing disability…" Reid said.
"So if Mitch McConnell presses the issue there will be a vote in the Senate on repealing health care reform?" Karl asked.
"That is up to Mitch McConnell if he wants to take the grief…"


  1. That is good news TCL. Hopefully, there will actually be a vote.

  2. It is good news, even great news. Some in DC actually do care.

  3. Isn't that a surprise, My two Democrap senators names aren't on the list.

  4. Randy-g:
    Let's hope they can get a vote in the Senate and get everybody on record as to their stand on this issue. We already know Obama will veto it.

  5. I knew Rubio was a good guy. This proves it. Demint, too. That comment Reid made seems to be basically "Well, I'm not gonna bring up the vote because I might piss too many people off and not get reelected next time.

  6. Crusader:
    Harry Reid is a moron. What's amazing is that he just got reelected, and since Senators serve in 6 year terms, he won't have to worry about getting re-elected for awhile. What we have to make sure is that in 2012, the GOP becomes the majority in the Senate. Then Harry loses the Senate Majority Leader job. That would be sweet.


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