The single most unifying issue among Republicans, Tea Partiers and Independents is that Obamacare must be repealed. According to a recent Rasmussen poll:
Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide favor repeal of the recently passed health care law, including 49% who Strongly Favor repeal.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 36% oppose repeal. That figure includes 24% who are Strongly Opposed....
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans and 65% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor repeal; 56% of Democrats oppose it.
So one would assume that any Republican lawmaker with the smallest iota of sense would fully support efforts to repeal this monstrosity. Think again:
Although they’ve called repeatedly for repeal of the Democrats’ new health reform law, some senior Senate Republicans have not endorsed a bill that would actually do it.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), GOP Conference Chair Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Conference Vice Chair Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have all argued that the reforms — passed in March without Republican support — will hike costs and erode services, and therefore should be scrapped. Yet they haven’t signed on to their party’s repeal proposal.
That bill — just nine words long — has been endorsed by other party leaders, including Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the minority whip, and John Cornyn (Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
That McConnell, Alexander and Murkowski haven’t done the same, some experts say, could erode the Republicans’ election-year message that the Democrats’ health reforms will do more harm than good. . . .
I am racking my brain in an attempt to think of any logical reason the Republican Party leadership would fail to support the single most popular cause in America since canned beer. The only thing that I can come up with is that perhaps they want a bill that does not merely repeal Obamacare, but that offers a sensible and cost effective alternative. If that is in fact their desire - and I am really, really praying it is - then maintaining a cone of silence and refusing to explain their reticence only makes the Republican Party look uncoordinated, ineffective and as far removed from the type of leadership America wants and needs as the Democrats now in control of Washington. These Republicans are deeply in need of an invitation to the next Tea Party rally.