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Turn ‘em loose, I say. Let them run wild with their repeal squeals.


“We have 242 Republicans,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” He added, “There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us. You will remember when that vote passed in the House last March, it only passed by seven votes.”

Upton, whose committee will play a key role in the GOP’s effort to roll back the law, said that he believes the House may be near the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.

“If we pass this bill with a sizeable (sic) vote, and I think that we will, it will put enormous pressure on the Senate to do perhaps the same thing,” he said. “But then, after that, we’re going to go after this bill piece by piece.”

If Tea Party House conservatives want legislative chaos, Democrats should step aside and let them have it.

The added benefit is that it will drive Speaker Boehner, to be sworn in on an austerity pledge this week, into a corner.

Democrats still control the Senate, with Pres. Obama not about to let what he sees as his signature legislation be overturned, so let the House Tea Partiers fulfill a pledge to their peeps, while the American people look on.

“The more the people learn about Obamacare, the less they like it,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” She added, “It’s very costly; it’s unwieldy. So we will put forth a clean repeal bill of Obamacare. And you’ll continue to see us make that fight because that’s what the American people want us to do.”

It would be hilarious to see Rep. Bachmann and her Tea Party friends then have to come up with an alternative health care plan. Can you imagine that? Republicans wouldn’t know where to begin.

Incoming Rep. Mike Kelly said to CBS, “I’ve always paid for my own health care.” I’d like him to say that to my husband, who spent part of Sunday trying to decipher some medical bills we had late this year, who’d paid what and what we owed, which drove him into a fit. He’d punch Kelly in the kisser.

But then you listen to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who seemed to brag, “We cut prescription drug bills for senior citizens by 50 percent,” which presents the other half of the picture. That’s not all Democrats did.

Seniors voted Republican, 59%, in the midterms and are one reason why conservatives won the House, not to mention their gains in legislatures. Though Medicare will continue to grow annually, Dems cut the growth rate, which caused seniors to bolt. Right before the midterms:

“Seniors are a tough audience for Democrats,” says John Rother of the seniors group AARP, which supported the health law. “This has given Republicans a way to talk about positioning themselves as defenders of Medicare, which is quite unusual.”

Now conservatives are in charge and they’ve already drawn a silly line for themselves. Hold a vote to repeal “Obamacare” before the President’s State of the Union speech later this month.

The Affordable Care Act is a bad bill, no doubt about it, with some real stinkers that cost Democrats dearly. But it’s not enough to repeal it and leave the American people with nothing in its place, because the overhaul of health care was a very important task taken on even if the Dems botched it, and something the Right would never have done.

In order to turn this House stunt into something meaningful conservatives just can’t rail about what they’re against, which William F. Buckley always stated was the foundation of conservatism.

In today’s environment, with no voter enamored with Republicans, they’re going to also say how they’ll make health care better, if the ACA isn’t good enough.

That’s why Democrats should clear the way and let conservatives have the floor. It won’t take very long for them to trip over themselves, but even if it does, patience will pay off.

When your adversary is intent on making a fool of himself don’t get in his way.

Because even if Republicans succeed in their second attack on health care, to defund parts of it if the repeal fails, which it will, they’ll be stuck having to hoist ideas in the light of day, with the microphone on and the cameras pointed directly at them.

Conservatives can raise the roof with objections, but they simply don’t do ideas.

UPDATE: Boehner’s office sets the date. It’s clear Republicans are going to attach everything they are doing to the word “jobs,” which is all about what McConnell said late last year: making Obama a one-term president. From Roll Call:

House Republicans are wasting no time making good on their campaign pledge to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law: Floor debate on repeal will begin Friday, with a final vote scheduled for Jan. 12.

… Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor (Va.), said Republicans were moving to repeal the law because of its economic effects.

“ObamaCare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs. Further, ObamaCare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it. That is why the House will repeal it next week,” Dayspring said.