A number of Republican House and Senate candidates are already campaigning on the promise to repeal that terrible health care bill that insures 32 million Americans, allows young people to stay on their parents’ policy until age 26, and prohibits insurers from discriminating against pre-existing conditions. They think they can fire up their Teabagger base by saying they’ll have the votes to repeal the bill, even though it’s impossible to win veto-proof majorities in both houses. In other words, as long as Barack Obama is president, it’s not gonna happen.
In fact, even some Republicans are now saying repeal isn’t a viable outcome. From a Tennessee Republican:
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday that Republican efforts to repeal sweeping health care reform are futile, and instead promoted incremental fixes in a wide-ranging talk in Nashville.
In the immediate aftermath of the reform’s passage, many of Corker’s Republican colleagues, including 2008 presidential contender Sen. John McCain, have pledged to repeal the legislation. Corker described that as unlikely, given the reality of needing 67 votes in the Senate to overcome a presidential veto of repeal legislation.
“The fact is that’s not going to happen, OK?” Corker told dozens of people at Vanderbilt University.
Yeah, we’re sure facts and reality will stop the GOP from campaigning on the impossible.