One thing I think the HOUSe leadership will try to accomplish is some symbolic reduction or repeal of the HEalth CAre. Thatway , feeling that theyve got significant aupport from some Dems, anything that would get sent to the Pres would, probably be vetoed, >SEE? would be the GOPs cry.
I'm not sure how they will do this, because the individual elements of the bill are quite popular. I mean, how do you sell ending the mandate? The insurance companies will SCREAM about going out of business due to the high costs of insuring those with pre-existing conditions!
So, are they going to run on ending the ban on discriminating against existing conditions? How the hell do you play that, going into an election year?
The bill was designed so the whole thing falls apart if you take the axe to individual parts of it. Quite smart on the part of the Dems to do that, really.
The WH is also putting out messages that they are looking forward to pushing back hard on this. The Republicans trying to 'steal your healthcare' and Obama 'protecting your healthcare' is a total ******* loser for the Republicans, and they know it.
All this is why the top Republicans have been signaling for months now that there will be no serious challenge to the HC bill. I don't expect anything more than nibbling around the edges to come out.