As seems to be standard procedure with this Democrat-led Congress, the House of Representatives went into session on a Sunday to consider passing the Senate “Obamacare” bill and then pass a so-called “reconciliation” bill on its heels in an effort to fix the problems the bill had. The vote on the Obamacare bill passed, 219-212, will every single “yes” vote a Democrat. The “no’s” consisted of all Republicans and 34 Democrats.
It’s far from over, however. This editorial at the Washington Examiner says a constitutional crisis is coming over this move:
Here’s why: Never before in American history has a measure of such importance been imposed on the country by the majority party over the unanimous opposition of the minority. Democrats have continually sought to create a halo effect for Obamacare by associating it with Social Security and Medicare. But the reality is that both of those landmark programs were approved with strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and House. The Senate vote on Social Security in 1935 was 77-6, with 64 Democrats being joined by 14 Republicans. In the House, the 373 votes for Social Security included 77 Republicans. When Medicare passed in 1965, the 68-21 Senate vote included 13 Republicans, while 65 Republicans were among the 313 affirmative House votes. Such bipartisan consensus was what the Founders sought with the Constitution. But Democrats made a mockery of bipartisanship by shoving Obamacare down the throats of Republican lawmakers and snubbing the popular majority that opposed it. The Democrats have undercut the credibility of the law they created.
Indeed. I’ll have more on this tomorrow but the night’s getting late, I have a presentation to give early tomorrow morning, and there’s just nothing more that needs to be said except this: Democrats in the House clearly consider their duty to vote the way Pelosi tells them to as more important than their duty to represent their constituents, the majority of which didn’t want that bill passed. There’s going to be a reckoning over that.