As we know, the cloture has easily passed with the necessary votes (damn to those Republicans who did so). After which the Obamacare defund amendment was stripped on a party line vote and has been sent back to the House. To Speaker Boehner’s credit he has said the House won’t pass a “clean” CR (though I’m not giving him a free pass in the least). The next step is to reinstate the amendment in the House and send it back to the Senate. I suggest emailing your representative and demand they support only a CR that defunds Obamacare.
Ya’ll in the grassroots just keep whatever necessary to make this succeed. But even if it doesn’t, that’s no excuse to proclaim surrender. DON’T ever stop fighting it if it gets to Oct. 1st or Jan 1st. This law is so unpopular as is it’s important capitalize on that as much as possible (in fact we are doing that already). But it’s crucial to do this if it reaches implementation cause giving it up would only give this law some room to cozy in. Don’t give it a free pass for one second.
Now those who are advocating defunding Obamacare say that if it isn’t it likely won’t ever be dismantled. I’ve discussed before why I’m skeptical about this behavior but there’s one entitlement program that was repealed. I unfortunately don’t remember the name of it, but it was a new program added to Medicare back in the ’80s. People ended up wrecking somebody’s car (please put his name in the comments) and Congress killed it when it was few months into implementation.
Now maybe 4, 5 years down the road Obamacare sets in and becomes harder to undo, but something I’m continually frustrated about is that nobody cites the a key lawsuit being advanced by my attorney general Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma. The challenge is specifically about the insurance exchanges and the IRS. My Senator Jim Inhofe during Cruz’s filibuster did cite this which I very much appreciate, but more people need to learn about this. Now I’m still in the band for defunding until otherwise. But we have to consider the scenario in which it isn’t and use other methods in fighting this disaster of legislation.
Now with all that said, I’d like to thank the 19 senators who voted no on cloture: Crapo (ID), Cruz (TX), Enzi (WY), Fischer (NE), Grassley (IA), Heller (NV), Inhofe (OK), Lee (UT), Moran (KS), Paul (KY), Portman (OH), Risch (ID), Roberts (KS), Rubio (FL), Scott (SC), Sessions (AL), Shelby (AL), Toomey (PA), Vitter (LA). Now it’s up to the House to hold steady still. Put the defund language back in and shove in Reid’s face. This battle can still be won, but the fight is far from over regardless of success or failure. We The People always wins one way or another when heard loud enough.
P.S. To the GOPers who voted yes better watch your @$$e$ in the next cycle. We’ll be right behind you. And passes to the red state Dems either. REMEMBER.