Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has found a way to deliver on his promise that the U.S. Senate will have a vote on the repeal of the national health-care overhaul.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had pledged that no such vote would happen, yet McConnell - an expert tactician of Senate rules - has proposed the repeal as an amendment to a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill.
“This entire bill hinges on its core requirement that every citizen purchase health insurance," McConnell said, "If that’s unconstitutional, and two federal courts now say it is, then the whole thing needs to be scrapped."
McConnell has made no secret of the opportunity to put Democats on the spot wih the health care vote, especially Democrats who will need to defend the votes while running for reelection in 2012.
“Democrats made a lot of promises about this bill. Virtually every one has proved to be empty. Republicans have made one promise: that we would work to repeal it and replace it with common-sense reforms that lower costs, protect job creation and that people actually want. It’s a promise we will keep.”
Thirteen Democrats won't join them, and maybe none will. But the process of pressuring vulnerable Democrats to go on the record in support of an unpopular, exorbitantly expensive and quite possibly unconstitutional statute has begun. And McConnell will do it again and again for the next two years.