The House vote to defund Obamacare would be as meaningless as any of the 40 previous such votes. In fact, it’s worse than that. It’s dishonest — an attempt to fool voters into believing that the House has voted to defund the law, when it really has done no such thing. If congressional Republicans lack the courage to actually do something about Obamacare, they should just go ahead and pass a CR without the subterfuge.
Then again, simply maintaining the sequester can be counted as a victory of sorts. After all, some Republicans, such as Representatives Buck McKeon (Calif.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) have reportedly offered to trade support for President Obama’s Syrian intervention for eliminating the sequester cuts to defense. Now that’s a winning formula — more spending and a war.
Michael D. Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, heading research into a variety of domestic policies with particular emphasis on health care reform, welfare policy, and Social Security. His most recent white paper, "Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law," provides a detailed examination of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and what it means to taxpayers, workers, physicians, and patients.
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