HOW WILL REPUBLICANS DO IT? – AT 9:29 A.M. ET: If Republicans are successful in November, how will they actually go about reversing Obamacare? It's not that easy. Some provisions have already gone into effect.
The Politico, while generally tilting left, has a good reporting piece on the devices the GOP will use:
Republican hopes to repeal the health care law may come down to a bank shot: A GOP sweep in November and a simple Senate majority — along with some arcane budget procedures — could kill the individual mandate in 2013.
The House will hold a symbolic vote to repeal the law on July 11, but the real long-term strategy for rolling back the law is already under way. Republicans are stoking voter anger over the law until Election Day, which they hope will produce a Mitt Romney presidency and an all-Republican Congress. And it ends by employing budget rules that would allow a fast-track repeal with a 51-vote majority in the Senate, circumventing a Democratic minority and potential filibuster.
That process — known on Capitol Hill as budget reconciliation — would give Republicans a serious shot at repealing the individual mandate and the heart of the law before 2014 when much of it is scheduled to take effect.
So it’s not surprising that the word “reconciliation” was on the tip of virtually every Republican tongue Thursday, just hours after the landmark Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the health care law.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Republican Conference, said budget reconciliation could be a “vehicle” for repeal, promising Republicans would make “every attempt” under a GOP Senate majority and Republican White House to do just that.
“I’ve already heard discussions that it can be done through 51 votes in the Senate, which is an easier threshold,” said Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House GOP leadership and a key Romney adviser.
COMMENT: So, the thinking caps are on. However, I suspect Republican strategy will be influenced by a great deal of polling, even if they whip up the perfect storm of a GOP House, Senate and White House. Republicans generally agree that the health-care system needs work. I would hope they'd have some well-crafted proposals of their own, and not just be against something.
June 29, 2012