The House voted Wednesday to repeal the Democrats’ landmark health care overhaul, marking what the new Republican majority in the chamber hailed as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and the start of an all-out effort to dismantle President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
The vote was 245 to 189, with 3 Democrats joining all 242 Republicans in support of the repeal.
Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Senate have said that they will not act on the repeal measure, effectively scuttling it.
Let’s see, Democrats pass an unpopular health care bill. Republicans run for office on a promise to repeal it and take over the House of Representatives and gain seats in the Senate. They try to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare. Democrats block the repeal.
Sounds to me like a good set up for the Republicans in 2012.
The worst part (for the Democrats) is Obamacare hasn’t even taken effect yet. When it does take effect it will be even more unpopular than it is now.
The newfound civility didn’t last long. Political rhetoric in Congress doesn’t get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.
In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.
After all that big talk about civility the Democrats only lasted one week. Over at The Confluence, Myiq2xu summed it up perfectly:
Until the left acknowledges it’s own guilt and renounces inflammatory rhetoric they have no moral standing to denounce the right. That means no more demonizing, delegitimizing and dehumanizing our fellow citizens on the right.
You have to do more than talk the talk, you also have to walk the walk.