Sunday, December 20, 2009

Repealing Reform Before it Occurs?


Josh Marshall opines that "resurgent Republicans could get the chance to repeal [healthcare reform] before the public gets a chance to experience any of its benefits". Not so much. Unless and until they recapture the White House, their legislative initiatives are subject to veto.

Even granting that many provisions don't go into effect until 2014 (unless they're accelerated by future legislation), we've just seen how difficult it can be for a President with a sizable majority in both houses of Congress to get things past if the opposition party says "no". I doubt that even in their grandest dreams, which no doubt do include retaking the White House, the Republicans believe they can have 60 Senators by 2014.

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