If there’s one thing Republicans know how to do, it’s efficiently use taxpayer dollars. Well, “efficiently use” might not be as accurate as “blatantly misappropriate to distract voters from the cyanide enema bill they just passed.” Or maybe “waste in a bid to secure public relations with the voter base.” Anyway, point is — these guys still REALLY hate Obamacare. Remember? That was kind of a think back in aught-nine.
Indeed, while most red-state Republican governors are silently busy tucking their tails between their legs and welcoming Obamacare into their states, the GOP House has proven it’s still kicking it old-school with another Obamacare-repeal vote. Yes, that’s still a thing. A 56th thing, as it turns out.
At this point, it’s hard to say what’s more surprising: that the House is still wasting taxpayer time voting on this, or that anyone’s keeping count of the number of times they have anymore. But regardless, they are in both cases, and a repeal law just breezed through the House yesterday with all the resistance of Taco Bell through a goose with dysentery. But, what’s the point? They know Obama will veto it without a question. And even now, it’s unlikely to make it through the GOP-controlled Senate. So, why bother for the 56th time? Rep. Steve King spells it out:
“We have been bringing the full repeal of Obamacare here to the floor over and over again to give everybody an opportunity, even those that didn’t have an opportunity to get involved in this debate, to go on record and tell us where you want to see the future of the health care circumstances here in the United States.
Every Republican up to this point has voted to repeal Obamacare. Every member of the House, with exception of those that were sworn in for the first time for this Congress, has had that chance. Now we give everyone that chance, and we will send a full repeal over to the Senate so the nine freshman Republicans over there can clearly also go on record.”
“It’s kind of a Republican initiation ceremony. We’ll be holding these votes at Klan rallies clear through 2050…it’s tradition now.”
Michael Burgess (R-TX) said it’s also so Republicans can keep the debate going while they go about the business of crafting a replacement…which they’ve been promising for five years now:
“The legislation before us provides for a process whereby the committees of jurisdiction are tasked with coming up with a replacement for the flawed law now being implemented. We know what ideas don’t work. Those are the ideas enshrined into law in the Affordable Care Act.”
In other words: “Remember that blatantly corporatist healthcare plan The Heritage Foundation came up with in 1989 as an alternative to single-payer, which every Republican for 20 years supported, which Mitt Romney passed in his state, and which somehow later became a massive ‘liberal victory’ for Obama? Yeah…socialism.”
Still though, there may at least be something to Burgess’ take on it. The bill would give Republicans six months to come up with a replacement plan,..a plan that will probably involve bracket-style, fight-to-the-death eliminations for insulin inside the HealthcareDome. Which we’ll admit, would probably make for pretty good programming on CSPAN. Better than a 57th vote on Obamacare, anyway. They could run ads for the Keystone XL pipeline and “clean coal” between decapitations over access to MRI equipment.
Now THAT’S old-school Republican efficiency.