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Boehner's 'Plan B' for ObamaCare


Oct 5, 2010
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Interesting read in the WSJ. Here's the highlights...

That's where plan B comes in. Republicans would do exactly what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi so memorably predicted would happen once the health-care bill passed: find out what's inside it. Mr. Boehner says his priority is full repeal. But he also knows he is in for a fight. In this fight, hearings would help Republicans accomplish several things.

First, they would help define the law's problems for the American people.

Second, by defining the problems, Republicans would be in a better position to define and sell their more market-friendly fixes.

Third, by doing the first two, Republicans might get enough votes here and there to kick out key rungs of ObamaCare.

Even if Republicans could not get the president to sign anything into law, by forcing votes and vetoes Republicans would drive home an important point: If the American people really want repeal, they will need to vote for a Republican president in 2012

During the debate, Mr. Obama insisted that "Nobody considers that a tax." But when state attorneys general began challenging the constitutionality of the law, his Justice Department defended it as the exercise of Congress's "power to lay and collect taxes." Which is it?

And my personal favorite...
In his January 2008 primary debate with Hillary Clinton, Mr. Obama said that on health-care legislation, he was committed to "bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are." Come January, Speaker Boehner is likely to find that using hearings to make good on Mr. Obama's promise of transparency may be the Republicans' most potent weapon.
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