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January 25, 2012

Romney Adviser Norm Coleman: It's Unrealistic To Think We'll Ever Completely Repeal ObamaCare

Ed tackles this thoroughly.

I don't know what to say, except that Romney had better authentically repudiate this. And in fact he ought to disassociate himself from Coleman.

However, as far as context, bear in mind True Conservative Michele Bachmann spoke grimly, herself, about the actual likelihood of fully repealing ObamaCare: She said (and I never heard her contradicted) it will take 60 Senate votes to do it.

Although I had previously thought it would take 51 (through the "reconciliation" route that birthed this monstrosity), she consistently said it would need 60.

I don't know if she's right. I haven't heard anyone dispute her.

So this could be a matter of simply saying that, realistically, it's a difficult thing.

To this day I don't know if you need 51 or 60. I wish someone would explain why they can't do 51 + reconciliation.

Update: From John McCormack on Twitter - Paul Ryan is of the belief that most (why most?) of ObamaCare can be dispensed with via reconciliation.

He clarifies that the "most" applies to anything having to do with spending. Some non-spending aspects involving revenue-neutral regulation may not be touchable via reconciliation, depending on the ruling of the parliamentarian.


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