Repealing ObamaCare – a Flight of Fancy

Bob Giuda, Candidate for Congress, 2nd CD, NH

Some federal candidates are appealing to the sweeping populism and public anger resulting from the passage of ObamaCare with pledges to “Repeal the bill!” if elected. While such “chest thumping” sounds impressive and feels good, the simple fact is that repealing ObamaCare is not going to happen. Here’s why.

Repealing ObamaCare will bring a swift Presidential veto. Over-riding that veto will require a 2/3 majority vote in both the U.S. House and Senate. Public outrage or no, while it is possible to regain a simple majority of the Senate, it is statistically impossible to gain the 2/3 needed to override an Obama veto.

Reactionary battle cries like “Repeal!” sound and feel good, but they will not produce a legislative outcome. Given the enormity of the Constitutional and economic danger in which our nation finds itself, this is a time for careful legislative action to deliver the outcomes we must unquestionably achieve.

With the help of my campaign team, I am putting together a strategy to dismantle the many destructive components of ObamaCare, while retaining those things in the bill that could be beneficial if treated as separate issues and modified to meet Constitutional, free market and fiscal principles.

Experience and leadership in the legislative arena are in dangerously short supply in Congress. Rhetoric and posturing abound, both in Congress and among candidates. We have to undo ObamaCare the right way and without delay. When all is said and done, it is principled, effective leadership coupled with knowledge of the process that will deliver the needed legislative outcomes - not chest-thumping rhetoric and emotional battle cries.