Whether the word “repeal” should be in quotes in the above headline we can’t say at this moment. In the end it likely won’t matter anyway as Obama remains in the White House. Obamacare is basically the only thing the president can hang his hat on (with his base). He’s not going to capitulate now. He knew it was a half-baked (at best) vehicle for cronyism from the outset. The GOP forcing a veto isn’t going to wake him up or even score many political points.
“If we’re going to be using reconciliation at all, we ought to use it to repeal as much of Obamacare, as much as we can,” Lee said. “If we’re not going to do that … we ought not to use it.”
The Utah senator joined Cruz and Rubio — who like Cruz is a 2016 presidential contender — to issue a statement last week that said the trio of conservatives would vote against the reconciliation bill unless it’s changed to repeal as much of Obamacare that is allowed under Senate rules.
Either do it or don’t. This is not worth getting bent out of shape. The president’s still got a year. Then the game is really on.