What a difference an election makes. Today, as expected, the House of Representatives voted to repeal Obamacare by a margin of 245-189, a bipartisan vote that kicks the matter over to the Senate — where the Heritage Foundation’s Brian Darling argues that there is more hope than you might think. We’ll have to wait and see.
In any case, in taking this vote, Republicans kept their word and rejected the fatuous arguments of the Administration on pre-existing conditions and other issues where the White House deployed a desperate and at times transparent public relations push. They also defied the ridiculous declaration that repeal would result in raising the deficit, an assumption no one who can handle basic arithmetic actually believes in. And they voted after hearing from doctors who know how much this law will hurt them as they seek to give patients the best care possible.
Now, the tough questions about what comes next will begin. These are questions Republicans and Democrats alike must be prepared to answer.