Teapublicans Pass Doomed Health Care Law Repeal Bill
It may be the only promise that the Teapublican House majority has kept, but they voted to repeal the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what the G.O.P. calls “Obama Care”, last night. The G.O.P. bill, dubbed the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed 245-189. Three turn-coat Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus on the vote.
CNN reports, the legislation is unlikely to make it past the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he won’t bring it to the floor for a vote. And even if it did, it would face a certain veto by President Barack Obama. Indeed, most Teapublicans have acknowledged the virtual impossibility of an outright repeal More importantly however, the Teapublicans have not presented an alternative bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In essence, their move is akin to removing a patient’s vital organ without first obtaining a replacement organ. In other words, it is a foolish action.
The nearly $900 billion health-care law passed Congress in 2010 over unanimous Republican opposition. It is estimated to extend health coverage to 32 million Americans when fully implemented — the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid.
It bars health insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, eliminates lifetime caps on coverage and allows families to keep children on their policies until age 26.
It requires Americans to obtain health insurance, but also provides subsidies for small businesses and individuals to obtain that coverage. It requires insurers to cover preventive care, and sets up an independent appeals process for people who feel their claims were unfairly denied.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon said, “Let’s talk about the insurance industry pre-reform. They could cancel your policy if you got sick, even though you had been paying the premiums for years. They could refuse to sell you a policy if they don’t like the way you look or you had a minor health problem. We changed that.”
And the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says repealing the measure would cost up to $230 billion by 2021. Teapublicans of course, dispute that figure, but they have no real figure of their own and they have conspicuously exempted their bill from their new House promise that forbids legislation from adding to the federal debt. How’s that for implicitly admitting that their action would add substantially to the federal deficit?
Today’s Boston Globe provides an interesting “fact check” regarding the G.O.P.’s attempts to undermine the health care reform law:
This claim, first made by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has been thoroughly debunked. Yet it persists. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in September found that 30 percent of seniors still believed it was true and that 22 percent were not sure — meaning that fewer than half those surveyed knew the claim was false. The charge stemmed from a proposed amendment to the bill that would have covered the cost of end-of-life planning discussions. Democrats quickly dropped the provision after the firestorm created by Palin’s assertion, even after it was proved incorrect.
Welcome to the new House of Representatives reality. Republicans passing bills that are ill advised and doomed to failure.
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.
Cecilia song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_QV97eYqM
(sung to the Simon and Garfunkel song “Cecilia”)
Repeal, yeah, they’ll tear it apart
Terrible consequences daily
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s like a disease
We’re begging them leave it alone
Repeal, yeah, they all have no heart
Tea-Baggers show ignorance daily
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s just a big tease
A big bunch of sleaze that they’ll own
Yes, they’ll own
Speaking of our health care reform they’ll repeal, yeah
But their move is doomed (they lack love)
Their repeal is a big disgrace
After it’s pronounced dead
They’ll be slapped in the face
Repeal, yeah, it’s no work of art
It screeches like a ukulele
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s meant to appease
The big business sleaze on their thrones
Throw a bone
(Misspelled sign making break)
Cancellation would surely offend
Only the Tea-Baggers are laughing
Medication would come to an end
Their lack of forethought is quite baffling
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh…
Posted on January 20, 2011, in Republican, Songs and tagged Barack Obama, Health Care Reform, news, Obamacare, Peter DeFazio, Republican, Songs, Tea Party, Tea-Baggers. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.