Days after House Speaker John Boehner gave into requests for a separate vote on de-funding ObamaCare, the measure passed Friday. With a vote of 230 to 189, largely along party lines, House conservatives scored a big victory in the fight against socialized healthcare.
The vote was connected to a continuing resolution designed to temporarily fund the federal government until mid-December. Tea Party-backed representatives have pushed for the plan, which threatens a government shutdown if Democrats are unwilling to halt the increasingly unpopular Affordable Care Act.
While the measure surely faced an easier passage in the Republican-controlled House than the Democrat-heavy Senate, this vote certainly puts pressure on Senators of both parties when the chamber reconvenes Tuesday.
Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said the vote shows a resolve among “constitutional conservatives in the House” to protect Americans “from the most unpopular law ever passed in the history of the country.”
Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader and partisan windbag Harry Reid, obviously see things differently.
“I have said it before but it seems to bear repeating,” Reid said after the measure passed, “the Senate will not pass any bill that de-funds or delays ObamaCare.”‘
Boehner shared his thoughts on the troubling law, which is set to be fully implemented next year, at a rally following the House vote.
He said many businesses “are not hiring because of the impact of this law” while others “are reducing the hours for their employees because of this law.”
The House sent a clear message by voting to de-fund the legislation, he explained, that “the American people don’t want the government shut down and they don’t want ObamaCare.”
Senators now have an ultimatum, and each member must weigh his or her allegiance to Barack Obama against that of constituents back home. The House is perfectly willing to prevent a government shutdown, but only if government-run healthcare is off the table.
One of the primary proponents of de-funding the law, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said he will do “everything and anything possible” to achieve that goal. He admitted, however, that conservatives will face a steep uphill battle in the Senate.
Speaking before Friday’s vote, he said that Reid “likely has the votes” to carve out the House measure. Nevertheless, he urged Republican congressmen to “stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”
If legislators of both parties follow his advice and actually reflect the will of the people, recent polling shows ObamaCare would be handily defeated. Unfortunately, far too many ideologues currently serving in the Senate are more concerned about pleasing their hero Barack Obama than actually doing their job.