Ben Chandler and his fellow Republicans are in an awful position today.
The Republicans took control of Congress promising to repeal the Health Care law — or “the job-killing health care law” as it is officially known — and reduce the deficit.
But… the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that repealing the Health Care Law will cost $230 Billion.
What say you, Great Orange Speaker of the House John Boner?
“I do not believe that repealing the job-killing health care law will increase the deficit. C.B.O. is entitled to their opinion.”
CBO’s numbers are all socialistic… in fact, they’re down right arabic and cannot be trusted.
Having voted to kill the bill twice and done everything he could to water down and ruin the bill that did eventually become law (and has already killed twenties of billions of jobs), Kentucky’s 6th District Republican Congressman, Ben Chandler, now faces a decision — to Repeal the Law or not?
Of the fifty or so pro-Insurance, anti-Reform Democrats who voted against the bill last year, only 13 remain. And they are one confused bunch of “leaders”…
Only two Democrats have committed to voting for repeal, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas. Four — Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, John Barrow of Georgia, Ben Chandler of Kentucky and Tim Holden of Pennsylvania — remain uncommitted. McIntyre, however, has said in the past that he favors repeal.
“I voted against it three times, so I don’t know why I would vote not to repeal it,” Ross told POLITICO. “It’s consistent with what I’ve done. It seems pretty simple to me.”
Seems pretty simple to all of us, really, but still… there is no word from Ben Chandler.
To be fair to Ben, he may just be very busy weighing his vote on another upcoming bill — the Repeal of the Wall Street Reform Law… which, as you’ll recall, Ben Chandler also voted against.
A group of Republican lawmakers demanded the repeal of the financial regulatory law coauthored by Representative Barney Frank of Newton yesterday, saying the measure is hurting the economy and should be jettisoned along with the health care law.
The law is a costly burden to business and a power grab by the government, said Representative Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican and Tea Party leader who introduced the repeal measure with four cosponsors. “[It] grossly expanded the federal government beyond its jurisdictional boundaries,’’ said Bachmann, calling provisions that allow the Treasury to seize and liquidate failing institutions “a frightening abuse of power.’’
If Ben Chandler were a man of conviction, if he really stood for anything, then we’d already know which way he’d be voting. He’d be voting to Repeal the Health Care Bill and to Repeal Wall Street Reform… because he was right to vote against them to begin with and it’s just right to side with John Boner and Michelle Bachmann again now when they still so desperately need his support.