If you missed Senator McConnell’s speech yesterday, it is available in video and transcript here. The key paragraphs:
On health care, that means we can – and should – propose and vote on straight repeal, repeatedly. But we can’t expect the president to sign it. So we’ll also have to work, in the House, on denying funds for implementation, and, in the Senate, on votes against its most egregious provisions. At the same time, we’ll need to continue educating the public about the ill-effects of this bill on individuals young and old, families, and small businesses.
And this is why oversight will play a crucial role in Republican efforts going forward.
We may not be able to bring about straight repeal in the next two years, and we may not win every vote against targeted provisions, even though we should have bipartisan support for some. But we can compel administration officials to attempt to defend this indefensible health spending bill and other costly, government-driven measures, like the Stimulus and financial reform. We also need groups like Heritage to continue studying the ill-effects of the health care bill, and to show how its implementation is hurting families, seniors, and small businesses, limiting choices and making us less competitive. We welcome any help we can get in reversing the damage this bill has done and will do.
Congressional Republicans ought to wake up every day thinking about how to talk about the disaster that is Obamacare, about rising premiums and deductibles, about seniors losing coverage and companies dropping retiree benefits, and about companies getting out of the health insurance business.
This is the key ground in the campaigns of 2012 which are already underway whether or not they are declared. Every Democratic senator on the ballot in 2012 has to own their vote to jam this disaster down the throats of the American people and they have to decide whether to obstruct the repeal process. McConnell is serving notice that the voters will be given a clear scorecard on who obstructs repeal.
At the same time the GOP must push forward its very clear, very concise set of proposed replacement reforms, including
opening the national market to cross-state sales, tort reform and the end of pre-existing condition exclusion. The sooner the House GOP puts together and passes a “repeal and replace” bill to send to the Senate the better. There is no reason why that cannot happen early in 2012, and as the House Steering Committee decides who ought to be on and leading Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, commitments to move this bill quickly ought to be required of the new members.
Nothing would be more demoralizing than to see House Republicans squander their momentum in the drafting of a complicated repeal bill. The reality is that the Senate is where the obstruction will occur and the spotlight should be moved there as soon as possible.