From Sam Olens to Max Wood, from Newt Gingrich to John Boehner, Republicans this morning are swearing oaths. The health care bill passed by the U.S. House on Sunday will be undone, they say.
Leave it to David Frum, the former George W. Bush aide, to provide the contrarian conservative point-of-view. This posted on CNN.com:
Some Republicans talk of repealing the whole bill. That’s not very realistic. Even supposing that Republicans miraculously capture both houses of Congress in November, repeal will require a presidential signature.
More relevantly: Do Republicans write a one-sentence bill declaring that the whole thing is repealed? Will they vote to reopen the “doughnut” hole for prescription drugs for seniors? To allow health insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions? To kick millions of people off Medicaid?
It’s unimaginable, impossible.
But Frum has a list of fixes that he thinks conservatives ought to make, beginning with blocking the coming income tax increases for those earning over $500,000.
But this from Newt Gingrich is what nearly every other Republican is saying, with November in mind:
This will not stand.
No one should be confused about the outcome of Sunday’s vote
This is not the end of the fight it is the beginning of the fight.
The American people spoke decisively against a big government, high tax, Washington knows best, pro trial lawyer centralized bureaucratic health system
In every recent poll the vast majority of Americans opposed this monstrosity
Speaker Pelosi knew the country was against the bill. That is why she kept her members trapped in Washington and forced a vote on Sunday.
She knew if she let the members go home their constituents would convince them to vote no.
The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago.
Sunday was a pressured, bought, intimidated vote worthy of Hugo Chavez but unworthy of the United States of America.
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