July 12, 2012
The House voted yesterday to repeal Obamacare. While it is a move in the right direction, the repeal bill now goes to the liberal-controlled Senate for consideration, where it faces an uphill battle.
Heritage Foundation expert Brian Darling explains how conservatives can force a Senate vote on the Repeal of Obamacare Act:
A Senator can use Rule 14 of the Senate’s rules to object to a second reading of the bill. This objection would place the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill in a position for debate on a motion to proceed to the bill and a roll-call vote on whether the Senate should consider the measure.
If conservatives fumble the ball and no Senator objects to the second reading, then conservatives will have lost an opportunity for a vote. Failure to object using the Senate’s rules sends the bill to the black hole of a Senate Committee controlled by liberals. The repeal of Obamacare legislation would not be heard from again this Congress.
If the bill passes these procedural hurdles, though, the prospects for Repeal of Obamacare Act are stronger. Here’s one way it could play out:
If four Democrats defect and sign on to the idea of a full repeal of Obamacare, all of a sudden there are enough votes to pass the bill. If the supporters of H.R. 6079 can get to a simple majority of support, the only way liberals could prevent passage of the bill by a simple majority would be to engage in a filibuster of the bill.
Are you confident in the conservative Senators’ ability to force a vote in the Senate?