Senate to Vote on Obamacare Repeal Today
1:36 PM, Feb 2, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Senate will likely vote today on a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The vote will come in the wake of Monday's ruling by United States District Court Judge Roger Vinson, in favor of 26 states, that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It will also come in the wake of a recently released poll by McLaughlin and Associates of 1,000 likely voters, which asked,
"Regarding the health care law passed by Congress, should Congress repeal it and replace it with a bill that focuses on lowering health care costs by taking a few modest steps like allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines to improve competition, ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable insurance, and curbing lawsuits against doctors, would you prefer that alternative bill or the law which Congress recently passed?"
Almost three-fifths of likely voters (59 percent) said they would prefer the incremental, cost-cutting bill. Fewer than a quarter (24 percent) said they would prefer ObamaCare. Among independents, the margin was even greater, coming in at nearly 3 to 1 (59 to 20 percent).
Respondents favored the incremental approach by such huge margins even though the poll included more Democrats than Republicans. Even among Democrats, support for the two approaches was pretty evenly divided, with ObamaCare prevailing by only 7 points (43 to 36 percent). Among Republicans, the incremental, cost-cutting approach was favored by a margin of more than 10 to 1: 81 to 7 percent.
So, today, the Senate Democrats face the choice of listening to the American people and giving them what they want, or continuing to ignore them. Republicans picked up 6 Senate seats the last time around. With 23 Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2012, an extraordinarily high number, today's vote will go a long way toward determining the composition of the Senate in the future.