INSKEEP: What are the odds of Republicans succeeding in repealing this law?
ROVNER: Well, probably zero. After all, they may control the House, but they don't control the Senate. And even if they did, President Obama would veto it and they don't have the votes to override that veto.
INSKEEP: But Republicans can at least call a vote in the House and then repeal it that far. Can that put pressure on Democrats?
As I heard the above, Mr. Inskeep was noting Republicans control the House and can call for a vote and could that put pressure on Democrats?
In the House? No. They control the House. Could it put pressure on Democrats in the Senate is where I went with the question. Back to the exchange:
ROVNER: It could, or - but it probably won't now because the only Democrats who would really be worried about it are Democrats in Republican districts. And there really aren't any more Democrats in Republican districts.
INSKEEP: They're gone. They lost last night.
ROVNER: They all lost. And, you know, if you look at the polls, what you find is that Republicans are very much opposed to it, but Democrats are very much in support of the law. So it's really not that hard for Democrats to remain supportive of this health law.
Finishing out my train of thought, not every senator was up for re-election. ObamaCare remains unpopular and the only way it passed the Senate was with the White House strong arming, lying, and insisting Barack Obama himself could carry the re-election. They know that is not true now. So a few Democratic senators, maybe up for re-election in 2012, might be tempted to break away and switch their vote.
In addition, if we just want to focus on the House, ObamaCare is very unpopular. There are a number of Democrats who had close calls last night but managed to hold onto their House seats. If a vote comes up again, you really think they are not going to consider switching?
I went to the Senate. But even if, like Ms. Rovner, you go to the House, her response makes no sense at all.
I do agree with her that is unlikely. It was also unlikely that a Republican would take the seat held by Ted Kennedy. But it happened.
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