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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Griper Blade: Repeal and Replace -- Maybe... We'll See...

On the 12th, Republicans will begin to fail to repeal healthcare reform. The GOP campaigned on the deficit, the deficit, the deficit, but the first order of business for the new House GOP Majority will be an attempt to kill a deficit reducing bill. It's not jobs, it's not the economy, it's increasing the deficit. Want proof that Republicans aren't serious about anything other than winning elections? There you go.

The GOP has been talking a lot about a "repeal and replace" strategy, but so far, they haven't come up with any "replace" -- there is no bill other than the repeal bill. This is a bit of a problem, since many of the provisions of healthcare reform have already kicked in. This means that these provisions die. You've paid for them, but they'd go away. It's just a grandstanding, time-wasting stunt with no hope of ever being signed into law. To give you an idea of just what empty PR theater this is, consider the talking point title of the bill: "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" [pdf]. I guess "Kill the Commie Obamacare Act" didn't occur to Eric Cantor.

Still think this is a serious effort? Think again.

Palm Beach Post:

Conservatives have acknowledged that with a Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama in office, their hopes of a successful repeal are limited. But the "repeal" bill is meant to energize their base, attract Tea Party conservatives who abhor the notion of mandatory health insurance, and launch the start of a slow campaign to kill health reform through 1,000 cuts -- primarily by obstructing the spending appropriations needed to implement it...[CLICK TO READ FULL POST]

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