In the Congress
Liked Obamacare, a lot ...
But the GOP
Who sat to their right,
The GOP hated ObamaCare! (Some called it treason)!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be their base is far to the right.
It could be, perhaps, that money is tight,
But I think that the most likely reason of all
Is Republicans like their government, small.
Whatever the reason,
Their base or their views,
They stood there on Christmas Eve, hating it all,
Staring down with a sour, disapproving frown
They vowed that next year, they’d bring it all down.
"We’ll control the House, and the Senate!" they snarled with a sneer.
"Our chance for repeal is coming! It's practically here!"
Then they growled, with their fingers nervously drumming,
And said, “Obamacare’s demise is finally coming!"
For, in 2015, they knew...
...They would finally be freed
Of having to get things past old Harry Reid,
With Mitch in charge, they’d slay the Obamacare beast.
And then they'd feast! And they'd feast!
And they'd FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST!
Because “socialized” medicine, you know, they can’t stand in the least!
And the more they thought of finally prevailing,
They started to worry, about possibly failing.
Obama can veto our plans, strike them all down
We can’t let him let him stop repeal from coming!
... But HOW?"
Then they got an idea!
An awful idea!
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
"We know just what to do!" They laughed in their throat.
“We just need the Supremes to strike it down, on a 5 to 4 vote!"
And they chuckled, and clucked, "What a great GOP fix!
We'll sue Obama and let the court do the trick!
"We’ll say that Congress never planned for the subsidies to apply,
In the GOP states that want Obamacare defied,
Who cares about the facts, or legislative intent?
As long as we can persuade five judges to relent
And strike the subsidies down, for better or worse,
We can get it tossed out, chapter and verse.
"Pooh-pooh to Obama!" they were heard to be humming.
"By June he’ll find that the end is finally coming!
When the court rules against him! We know just what he’ll do!
His mouth will stay open a minute or two
And Barack Obama will cry BOO-HOO!
"That's a noise," grinned the GOP,
"That we simply must hear!"
So they paused. And the GOP put a hand to their ears.
And they did hear a sound rising over DC town.
It started out low, and then got quite loud,
But the sound they heard from the White House wasn't sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!
They stared down at the Washington Post headline
And the GOP popped their eyes!
Then they shook! And they shook,
What it said was such a surprise!
On a five to 4 vote, the Roberts Court
Again upheld Obamacare, made their case naught,
They HADN’T stopped ObamaCare from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the GOP, even with all of the Koch brothers’ dough,
Kept puzzling and puzzling: How could it be so?
Obamacare came despite our winning the midterm election!
It came though the pundits said it was an Obamacare rejection!
It came even despite the demands of Senator Cruz,
It came despite the ranting by our friends at Fox News,
They puzzled three hours, ‘till their puzzler was sore.
Then they thought of something they hadn’t before!
“Maybe ObamaCare,” they thought, “means something more.
Maybe it really is about getting healthcare to the millions of poor.”
And what happened then…?
Well … in Washington they say
That the GOP took heart
And vowed to fight on anyway!
“We can still kill the law, if we just do it right,
We’ll do it in through reconciliation, we’ll continue this fight
As we promised the Tea Party, who like Obama the least
…WE OURSELVES …!
Won’t rest until we carve up the ObamaCare beast!”
Of course, one part of my rhyme--the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare’s premium subsidies--assumes that this will be the outcome of case that the court has agreed to hear, challenging the legality of the subsidies in the 36 states that opted to let the federal government run their health insurance exchange. In fact, we really won’t know the outcome until the Court issues its ruling (likely in June, 2015). Let’s hope that the Supreme Court upholds the subsidies—because if they don’t, millions of Americans would lose their health insurance coverage. And that would truly be a reason to cry Boo-Hoo!
Today’s question: No question, just my best wishes to you for a happy holiday season and prosperous and healthy New Year. (P.S., This will be my final blog post of 2014, will be back in early 2015).