Congressional conservatives have rocks in their heads. They’ve gone ’round the bend. They need some smelling salts.
They’re angry with House Speaker John Boehner who they believe is stalling their effort to get a bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act to the desk of the president of the United States — who hails the ACA as his signature domestic legislative achievement.
Gosh, what do you suppose President Obama is going to do when he receives a bill repealing the ACA?
Sign it into law? Guess again.
Put it on ice? Hardly.
Veto it outright? Yes.
The ACA happens to be working. It’s gaining popularity among millions of rank-and-file Americans — particularly those who now can afford health insurance whereas before they couldn’t.
Their effort is doomed to fail. As Politico reports: “House Republicans have already voted more than 50 times to try to defund, alter or overturn the health care law that conservatives despise. The latest effort, if it happens, would no doubt fail, too — and there are some indications that GOP leaders are ready to move on. But getting a bill to President Barack Obama’s desk and forcing him to veto it would send a powerful symbolic message to the Republican base that House conservatives haven’t given up on scuttling the law.”
That’s the point, I guess: make the base happy.
They want the law repealed, no matter what. The rest of the country? Well, the tide appears to be pulling in the opposite direction.