Despite claims by detractors that the vote by House Republicans to repeal healthcare reform is an expensive and futile ploy, sources say that the 2.7 trillion-dollar ObamaCare bill will be scrapped by legislative rules initiated by Republicans.
Should Harry Reid, D-Nevada, succeed in blocking the repeal when the bill goes to the U.S. Senate, the House can still de-fund every provision contained in the bill. The Constitution grants to the House alone the power to fund or de-fund bills.
The de-funding and replacement process has already begun under House Republicans, who have initiated a bill that would deny financing to the state-funded abortion provision in ObamaCare.
That process will only continue as Republicans seize upon other provisions to de-fund, piece by piece, and replace them with prudent, cost-saving measures that not only will sensibly reform healthcare but save the taxpayers multi-trillions of dollars.
In addition, once the bill to repeal reaches the Senate, Republicans can force the bill to the floor for a vote over Harry Reid’s head.
According to a special report released by The Heritage Foundation, via The Foundry, any Senator can use Senate Rule 14 to object to a 2nd reading of the bill, which would ‘hold at the desk’ the House bill thus allowing the full Senate to vote on the measure.
Rule 14 would prevent the repeal bill from being referred to a Senate committee, where Democrats would make sure the measure would never see the light of day.
Here’s how Rule 14 works, according to the Foundry:
Objecting to Rule 14 would hold the bill at the desk of the Senate and would put H.R. 2 on the Senate calendar. This procedure could be done with a letter or call from one Senator to the party leader. This would allow the Senate Majority Leader to commence debate on the matter when he so chooses. It is unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) would move to proceed to the bill, yet there is a procedure that any Senator can use to force a debate.
Any Senator can use Rule 22 to commence debate on H.R. 2 if they have held the bill at the desk
Rule 22 is the filibuster rule. The Foundry report provides the details on that rule, but the bottom line is that not only does Rule 22 allow debate but it also spells out the procedure for filibuster, which Senate Democrats will no doubt use to prevent a repeal of ObamaCare.
This would place Democrats in a particularly bad light. Senate Democrats are on record calling for the end of the filibuster, yet if they invoke the procedure to prevent the repeal of ObamaCare, they will be viewed as duplicitous, recalling to the minds of the voters the sleazy tactics the Party used to pass the legislation in the first place last March.
In addition, Democrats would be forced to go on record opposing the repeal, when 23 of them are up for reelection in 2012, many of whom represent states where ObamaCare is highly unpopular.
At the same time that the legislative process is being used to either repeal or de-fund ObamaCare, the courts are already loaded to the gills with lawsuits from 27 states to prevent the measure from being implemented.
Oklahoma became the latest to join with the growing number of states that have sued the Obama Administration over its healthcare bill. According to newly-elected Governor Mary Falin, R-Oklahoma, ObamaCare violates the state’s Constitution, thus making it illegal to implement the healthcare bill in the state.
Falin stated that Oklahoma will sue the Obama Administration on its own rather than join with the other 26 states.
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