Cats, Obamacare and the GOP

For the past three days, as the Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of Obamacare, Heritage legal analyst Todd Gaziano has been giving video updates outside the Court.  On Day 2, a cat on a leash was the co-star of the 3-minute update.

Roll Call did the legwork and discovered the details: the 13-year-old tomcat is named Pud, and has “no opinion on the health care law.”  Pud provided some levity to an otherwise very serious legal proceeding, but his presence also prompts a reminder of a vote House took on March 8, 2011.

By a margin of 280 – 138, the House approved H.R.525, which would expand a provision of Obamacare by making veterinary public health professionals eligible for public health workforce grants and loan repayment.  You read that right, just one year after it became law, 280 members – including 95 Republicans – voted to expand a provision of Obamacare.

Then last night, 16 Republicans voted for a budget based on the Simpson-Bowles plan, which would have maintained Obamacare in its entiretyThe Weekly Standard’s John McCormack reported: 

Moderate Republican congressman Steven LaTourette of Ohio has come up with an alternative budget with Democrat Jim Cooper of Tennessee. LaTourette’s office is now circulating a “rebuttal memo” around Capitol Hill that challenges some arguments made against it. But the memo doesn’t even try to rebut the fact that LaTourette-Cooper budget would fund Obamacare…  

As justices continue to expresses skepticism over Obamacare’s constitutionality, it is stunning that even one Republican would vote for a budget that protects the law, let alone 16!

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