Trying to repeal a law 40 times in three years is the definition of insanity
Here we go yet again. The Republican Majority in the House of Representatives has just voted for the 40th time to repeal Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It seems that the GOP literally lives and breathes Einstein’s definition of insanity, his definition being “doing the same thing over and over again , and expecting a different result.”
House Republicans are merely continuing these symbolic votes precisely for their worthless symbolism. It has become a standard now for Republicans in the House to constantly vote on a repeal of Obamacare. It has become a sport or pastime for the GOP in Congress, one which will never have any victorious conclusion.
This latest vote took place just as Congress goes on a recess for about five weeks, adding a kind of insult to injury. Its not like the Republicans in the House could have voted on a jobs or transportation bill. No instead they decided to vote yet again to repeal Obamacare, knowing for certain that the bill will go absolutely no where in the Democratic controlled Senate.
The bill, absurdly named “The Keep the IRS off your Healthcare Act”, proves that the Republicans in Congress have no intention to legislate any serious bills that would do the country any good. The GOP is bent only on pushing a failure based ideology, which has no positive course for the country.
It would be amazing if the GOP put as much energy into passing jobs bills as the did for trying to repeal Obamacare. One could only imagine where the economy would be now if Republicans actually put more concern into jobs than in trying to kill healthcare reform.
One main point of contention is that the GOP has absolutely nothing proposed to replace Obamacare if it was to be hypothetically repealed. Democratic Representative from Texas, Lloyd Dogget, humorously called the Republican plan “NothingCare.” That sums it up pretty well.
The main reason why progressives resent this constant attempt at repeal is not merely because the task is wasteful and fruitless, but because the Republicans have no plan of their own to implement. The GOP term is “repeal and replace”, but the truth is the GOP has nothing to replace Obamacare with at all. Simply put, they would rather just have things go back to the status-quo of April 2010.
Republicans will claim that this new bill doesn’t repeal Obamacare outright, but the provisions in the law would cripple the law to the point that it would be an effective repeal. This bill is also a slew of initiatives designed to embarrass the Obama Administration. Republicans have repeatedly and symbolically attacked Obama, rather than try and act as a constructive part of government.
The many wasteful attempts in attacking healthcare reform have done nothing more than to rile up the right-wing base in America. The 40 repeal attempts have already racked up more than $50 million in costs to tax payers, and repeal is no closer to being achieved. As with all the other attempts of repeal, the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, won’t even allow the bill to come up for a vote.
A Harry Reid spokesman has referred to this latest repeal attempt as “tilting at windmills”, making clear that Obamacare will not be repealed through the Democratic Senate. Even if the bill magically passed the Senate, we still have a president named Barack Obama. It would be rather odd that president Obama would repeal his signature law that is dawned with his name.
Having said all of this, it does not surprise me that the GOP continues its worthless repeal attempts. Today, the Republican Party has little interest in governing. They are more interested in tearing down the Obama Administration and ramming through a barbed ideology. The Republican Party has become, as Noam Chomsky brilliantly stated; “Not even a real political party anymore, as it is an extreme entity without any moral guidance.”