Daily Archives: January 19, 2011
Today is the big day, folks. Sometime during the next twelve hours the Tea Party-submissive Republican House leadership is expected to call a vote on the full repeal of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what the G.O.P. calls “Obama Care.” The Republicans and their Tea Party masters refer to this charade as their “Repeal and Replace” plan. Problem is however, the Teapublicans have absolutely no replacement legislation in the works. Nothing. Nada. This is akin to removing a transplant patient’s heart before securing the replacement organ. In short, it is a deadly plan.
Additionally, the repeal vote is destined to be merely an action in futility. Such is the case because while the measure is expected to pass the new Republican-led House, it has little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a presidential veto. Indeed, most Republicans have acknowledged the virtual impossibility of an outright repeal, but rather than spend precious legislative time on boosting the economy as they promised, the Teapublicans will push forward on their empty act. How’s that for lying to your constituents?
Furthermore, that is not the only Teapublican lie related to the repeal measure. You might recall that during the campaign season which led up to the mid-term elections, Teapublicans promised not to pass any bill that would add to the nation’s deficit. This promise has also been broken. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on January 6th which revealed that a repeal of the health care reform law will add $ 230 billion to the federal debt by 2021. So much for G.O.P. truthiness!
The Democrats are doing their best to inform the American populace of the ill advised Teapublican vote. They are warning that a reversal would be catastrophic to small businesses and unfair to millions of Americans depending on the reform to guarantee coverage. They are informing citizens that the Department of Health and Human Services released an analysis warning that almost 130 million non-elderly Americans with pre-existing conditions would be at risk of losing their insurance without the guarantees provided by the health care reform law. Also, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has pointed out that.
“The new law is already helping to free Americans from the fear that an insurer will drop, limit or cap their coverage when they need it most, and Americans living with pre-existing conditions are being freed from discrimination in order to get the health coverage they need.”
Karen Mills, the head of the Small Business Administration, told reporters a repeal would result in countless small businesses losing new tax credits being provided in exchange for expanded employee coverage. Additionally, acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank warns that repealing the law, “will only weaken U.S. businesses and return us to a world of out-of-control costs.”
As mentioned above, the Teapublicans admit that the repeal measure is ultimately doomed to failure but they claim they have a back-up plan. They insist that they will be able to defund the plan and make it virtually unworkable by means of a series of future House votes. Once again however, the CBO analysis casts doubt that Republicans will be able to move ahead with their long-term strategy of defunding the law. The measure includes $106 billion in new spending authorizations that Congress will eventually need to appropriate, according to CBO Director Doug Elmendorf. But $86 billion of those authorizations cover politically sensitive programs that were already in existence before the passage of health care reform. To defund those programs would be to commit political suicide. Then again, political suicide may also be unpalatable to Teapublicans inasmuch as it could be deemed to be some sort of “death panel”!
The Teapublican members of the House of Representatives truly are the “Fools On The Hill” that the Beatles once sang about.
Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.
Lucille song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jmNe77vces
(sung to the Little Richard song “Lucille”)
Repeal, “let’s undo the health care bill”
Repeal, shout Tea-Baggers on the Hill
It can’t be accomplished but they will try it still
Repeal, their intentions are so wrong
Repeal, is they’re foolish rally song
Those Tea-Baggers are crazy and they are all alone
Despite their dire warnings, repeal is not in sight
When asked to justify it, they’re lips are locked-up tight
Repeal, constitutes a civil wrong
You know it just might maybe, be their final swan song, Ahhhhh
(misspelled sign-making break)
Though all those Tea-Baggers feel that repeal is right
Despite all their best efforts, they’re gonna lose this fight
Repeal, a mistake they all ran-on
They’re a bunch of cry-babies who can’t bear to move-on
Repeal, would drive premiums off the chart
Repeal, proves Tea-Baggers aren’t too smart
They pray for it baby; we need it like a hole in the heart!
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