GOP’s zeal for repealing Obamacare seems to have faded
The first bill introduced in the new Congress the other day was a measure sponsored by Michele Bachmann calling for the repeal of Obamacare.
If the bill passes, this would be the 34th time the House has voted to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. But now there’s reason to wonder if it will pass — or at least pass with anything resembling zealous support.
You see, Bachmann has yet to find a co-sponsor for her bill.
Steve Benen SUMS UP the situation:
For proponents of the [Obamacare] law, there was never a legitimate legislative threat — repeal would never pass the Senate or get Obama’s signature — but Republicans kept up the vanity exercise anyway.
And yet, here we are.
House Speaker John Boehner is calling the Affordable Care Act “the law of the land”; public support for repeal is evaporating; even some conservative red-state governors are cooperating with implementation; and Michele Bachmann’s repeal legislation hasn’t attracted any co-sponsors.
It looks like Obamacare is here to stay.