This – and other attempts to stymie freedom-reducing legislation (like the Senate gun control measure) – is why I have some small hope for the Republican Party. Weigel at Slate:
Republicans don’t want to tweak the law as much as they want to bind it in chains and set it on fire, like some jargon-filled Necronomicon. Their strategy in 2009 and 2010 was to stop it from passing. Their strategy in 2011 and 2012 was to win an election and repeal the law.
Their strategy today is both to win an election and repeal the law, and to have it collapse in failure. Today’s GOP is approaching TED levels of innovation in undermining the law. [links in original]
Of course, the Republicans will no doubt frustrate libertarians on so many other issues. But at least they appear to be on the right side of this one.