Posted by: reddiva | July 8, 2010

Our Best Chance Yet

This was a very interesting article I read in World Net Daily this morning.  I’m betting you will think so too.

U.S. House plan overturning Obamacare halfway there

If 109 more signatures gathered, even Pelosi couldn’t halt new vote

By Bob Unruh

© 2010 WorldNetDaily

A measure in the U.S. House of Representatives that would force the chamber into a new vote on Obamacare, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want it, is halfway toward its needed support.

Advocates say constituents need to call their representatives to tell them to get on board right away so that the petition is positioned to move forward whether or not the GOP becomes the majority in the House after the 2010 fall elections.

The plan is a discharge petition pushed by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Steve King of Iowa, move to discharge the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, and Appropriations from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 4972) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was referred to said committees on March 25, 2010, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures. …”

Its target is the $940 billion, or more, bill adopted by the Democrat-controlled Congress in March. King’s measure has 109 signatures, exactly half of the 218 needed for it to move forward without hindrance.

House Minority Leader John Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor, who have joined the campaign, released a statement encouraging the effort.

“Republicans are the proponents of limited government, personal responsibility, and constitutional liberties, principles which ‘Obamacare’ violates,” said King. “Recognizing this fact, every House Republican voted against ‘Obamacare’ just three months ago. Now that our repeal effort has been endorsed by House GOP leadership, House Republicans should stand by their votes by signing onto discharge petition No. 11.”

He said, “The American people did not want ‘Obamacare’ passed, and they have consistently called for their representatives to show that they stand with them by repealing the legislation. Our discharge petition provides an avenue for repeal that even Speaker Pelosi cannot block.

Republicans recognize that a clean, 100 percent repeal bill is the best strategy for uprooting ‘Obamacare’ lock, stock and barrel, and will continue to show their commitment to ‘Obamacare’s’ repeal by quickly signing our discharge petition.”

Congressional officials said Pelosi, an adamant advocate for government-controlled health care, never would allow a vote on a plan to overturn Obamacare. But through the discharge petition process in the House, if a majority of members sign on, she cannot stop it.

The fact that support is required from 218 members also means any plan thus endorsed likely would pass the 435-member House.

GOP leaders want all party members to be on board – as they all voted against Obamacare. Also, Democrats that also opposed the narrowly approved plan are being asked to participate.

An inside congressional source told WND the pressure also will be on all other members as the November 2010 elections approach, since poll after poll has indicated a significant majority of Americans dislike Obamacare to the point of seeking its repeal.

The issue is expected to play a role in the elections, with voters, especially supporters of tea party principles, calling on their representatives to stand up against what a multitude of lawsuits already are describing as an unconstitutional power grab by Democrats.

Both Democrats and Republicans will have to answer to voters on the issue, the source said.

And, whether the GOP or the Democrats are in a majority after the fall elections, the petition will put the issue in a position to be forwarded immediately.

“This isn’t a battle we want to give up on,” the source told WND. “Obamacare needs to get pulled out by the roots.”

There is much more to this article that you can read here.  In addition, you will find a list of the co-sponsors as of July 1 here.

That’s not all.  Trailblazersblog, a part of the Dallas News website says there is another discharge petition being floated around.

Last week, House GOP leaders signed King’s petition but they also have endorsed a forthcoming discharge petition by Rep. Wally Herger , R-Calif. It will advocate “repeal and replace,” by which the main law passed by Democrats would be repealed but some protections would be added to federal law for people with pre-existing conditions.

Some Republicans, such as Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana, have argued that the GOP won’t be able to capture the Senate and White House until the 2012 elections, so there’s a need to couple repeal with “good reforms.” See his quote in a May 27 story in The Hill. King, though, opposes offering some fall-back reforms, believing that just muddies the issue, his spokesman John Kennedy told me today.

“Our approach is the best,” the King spokesman said. “It can unify [GOP opponents] and can also unify Democrats who voted no.”

In Texas, 16 of the 20 GOP House members have signed King’s petition. The four who haven’t are Reps. Sam Johnson of Plano, Joe Barton of Arlington, Lamar Smith of San Antonio and Michael McCaul of Austin. A Smith spokesman said he intends to but simply hasn’t gotten around to doing so. Spokesmen for the other three either could not be reached or said they needed to do some checking.

GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the Republican leadership, has signed on to a repeal measure, though some other top Senate Republicans haven’t, according to a story in The Hill this week.

If I understand this correctly, a discharge petition only works for a bill stuck or being ignored in committee.  What’s that you say?  Obamacare has already passed through committee and has been enacted?  Yes, but….

Immediately after ObamaCare was passed into law back in March, many representatives and senators introduced repeal ObamaCare bills, including Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Those bills are now in limbo in various congressional committees and will never see the light of day, much less come to a vote, unless further action is taken.

Representative King’s bill is H.R. 4972.  The legislation is titled “To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  Related Bills include H.R.4901, H.R.4903, H.R.4919H.R.5005, H.R.5216S.3147, and S.3152.  So it is Mr. King’s bill that this discharge petition applies to rather than Obamacare itself.

If I understand correctly, if 218 signatures are secured to either of the discharge petitions mentioned above, Representative King’s bill to repeal Obamacare would almost immediately be sent to the House Floor for a vote.  This would give Democrats a chance to redeem their idiocy and Republicans a chance to finally be heard on the atrocity of Obamacare.

Does it matter that approximately 56% of the American people are opposed to Obamacare?  You bet it does.  Can you imagine the Senators and House of Representatives getting telephone calls from 56% of the American people?

Whattaya say, folks?  Are you up to taking a little law into your own hands?  Yeah, me too.  Call those guys to remind them they work for us, and tell them to vote FOR the discharge petition.  The Democrats don’t believe they will be voted out in November?   Okay, fine.  Let’s all pretend we are from Missouri – let’s SHOW THEM.

Here is the entire text of what an honest, open bill looks like:

To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


Effective as of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

Quite a difference, isn’t it?



  1. Thanks for doing the research for us. We can’t get this info anywhere else in media or print.

    • That’s my job, Siouxchief.



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