Openly welcoming a preordained veto, Senate Republicans drove legislation toward passage Thursday aimed at crippling two of their favorite targets: President Barack Obama’s health care law and Planned Parenthood.
Senate approval, which the House is expected to rubber stamp soon, would for the first time put legislation on Obama’s desk demolishing his 2010 health care overhaul, one of his proudest domestic achievements. Congress has voted dozens of times to repeal or weaken the law, but until now Democrats have thwarted them from shipping the legislation to the White House.
Republicans said an Obama veto would underscore that a GOP triumph in next year’s presidential and congressional elections would mean repeal of a statute they blame for surging medical costs and insurers abandoning some markets. They lack the two-thirds House and Senate majorities they would need to override a veto, assuring that the bill’s chief purpose will be for campaign talking points.
“They can keep trying to talk past the middle class,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said of Democrats, who he said were ignoring complaints about the law. “They can keep trying to deny reality. But they have to realize that no one is buying the spin but them.”
Government officials said this week that health care spending grew at 5.3 percent in 2014, the steepest climb since Obama took office. (Read more from “Senate Set to Ignore Obama Veto Threat, OK Bill Targeting Planned Parenthood” HERE)