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Kick’em When They’re Down: Repeal of Obamacare Scheduled to Hit House Floor

The repeal of Obamacare is scheduled to hit the House floor yet again the 16th, and many want to know why? The Senate will likely vote it down, and if not the President surely will, and Speaker Boehner knows this.

Why Bother?

Maybe this is not a legislative move. On the contrary, the timing could not be more perfect for a vote. While the Syrian conflict and the controversy around the Obama administration is hot, the vote will be on the back-burner. Most of the time this is a bad thing, but with Mid-term elections just around the corner, it seems the Speaker’s intentions are deeper than perceived.

This is a political move that helped the GOP in the 2010 elections, by opposing the bill fiercely they were able to make historical gains. That is their intention again. With the vote being swept under the rug, Boehner and Cantor hope to catch some of the more vulnerable Democrats off guard, especially in the Senate, where Colorado’s Udall, North Carolina’s Hagan, and Louisiana’s Landrieu are prime targets for the GOP. Their votes will be watched closely until the elections, if they vote nay, the Republican’s have them in their trap, if yea, it just boosts the GOP’s platform on the issue.


Jared Simmons is a political blogger and a contributor to

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