If Mike McIntyre thought that voting against ObamaCare again last weekend would keep the issue from rearing its head in his 2010 campaign, he was mistaken. One of his Republican challengers, Will Breazeale, says that McIntyre’s vote was part of political gamesmanship in Washington, not an expression of his genuine disagreements with the bill:
Will Breazeale, who is one of three people trying to secure the Republican nomination to face McIntyre in the fall, offered no evidence to his claim that McIntyre was allowed to vote no by the Democrat leadership.
“Once again, Congressman McIntyre is using his free pass from Nancy Pelosi to project himself as an innocent bystander of this health care debacle. Casting a vote just to boost your re-election chances, while being unable to influence other members of your party to join you, shows a total lack of leadership,” Will Breazeale said in a written statement. “I strongly urge Congressman McIntyre to reveal what he did to attempt to stop this travesty. Simply hanging your head in shame while the Speaker of the House you voted for twice, railroads the will of the citizens of Southeastern North Carolina, is getting old.”
While McIntyre’s intentions may be debatable, the likely effects of the bill really aren’t. Unless it is repealed, ObamaCare will destroy large chunks of the current health insurance market (including my own health plan), drive up costs, worsen the national debt, weaken our constitutional traditions, and further hamper our economic recovery. I’m not a fan, and there are more than 11,000 people who have declared themselves fans of my position.
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