Republicans Will Vote to Repeal Obamacare Today of All Days

My gut says I shouldn't make the same joke many people have already made this morning, but it's so obvious.

Today is Groundhog Day so, naturally, Republicans will vote to repeal Obamacare, again, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cold out there today.

From the Associated Press:

Tuesday's vote was an attempt to override Obama's veto last month of legislation gutting much of the law and ending federal payments to Planned Parenthood. Republicans had no chance of mustering the two-thirds majority needed to reverse a veto, but Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the effort would send an important signal.

"What we're proving today is if we have a Republican president next year, we will repeal Obamacare," Ryan told reporters, using a nickname for a law that GOP lawmakers have despised since it was pushed through Congress six years ago.

What congressional Republicans have also proven is they're prepared to repeal the law without replacing it. They've proven that they find the old status quo of pre-existing conditions and runaway costs to be acceptable; maybe even preferable.

Republicans have talked about replacing Obamacare since the day it was signed into law but they've made no significant progress toward doing so.

I for one will take Paul Ryan at his words and accept that a Republican president would agree to repeal the law. I'd advise everyone to take the possibility seriously and turn out to vote in November.