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Talk about firing a cannon across a ship’s bow. Such a quick move could presage a season of aggressive GOP action.
True, it would be a fulfillment of campaign pledges from the 2010 mid-terms. Many Republicans ran on a promise to rein in Obama’s agenda in general, and to undo health-care reform in particular. But is it really a wise thing to do, politically-speaking, given that Democrats retain control of the Senate, and Obama’s got his veto pen already waiting on his desk?
After all, Republicans hammered Obama and the Democrats for spending so much time on the health-care bill instead of focusing on jobs and the economy. That charge seemed to resonate with voters. (Can you say, “Speaker Boehner”?) Now they’re kind of doing the same thing. It’s like they’re making revenge their first order of legislative business, instead of progress.
Plus, they might be falling into a trap. That’s what Democrats say, anyway. The White House continues to insist that the health-care overhaul will become more and more popular as more and more Americans experience its benefits. Beginning Jan. 1, seniors will receive government help to close the Medicare drug coverage “doughnut hole,” for instance. Medicare recipients are now eligible for free preventive services.
And make no mistake: The administration has executive branch bureaucrats working overtime to churn out regulations implementing the new law. They’re trying to make it a part of the fabric of US life as fast as they can.