C'mon. You didn't think this would be a cakewalk, did you?
The Senate on Wednesday voted down a repeal of President Obama's healthcare law in a 47-51 party-line vote.
The vote came two weeks to the day the Republican House voted 245-189 to repeal the law, and just days after a federal judge ruled Obama's signature legislative achievement is unconstitutional. Republicans have vowed to carry the fight forward, saying they will seek to de-fund the law as it is implemented. The GOP also has promised Wednesday's repeal vote will not be the last in this Congress.
The vote came on a budgetary point of order, which Republicans needed 60 votes to overcome. Democrats argued repealing healthcare would add an estimated $230 billion to the deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) called that estimate "preposterous."
McConnell was trying to add an amendment repealing the healthcare law to legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.
Back to the House now to get the ball rolling on defunding the monster.
One ray of sunshine; the Senate repealed the odious 1099 tax form requirement that would have required some companies to fill out tens of thousands of tax forms. At the very least, it would have been a burden on small businesses.