They say the 60th time is a charm, or even if they don’t… The house voted for the 56th time to repeal ObamaCare, and the vote passed 239-186. Added together with provisional attempts this is the 60th GOP attempt to repeal the law.

And just so it’s clear, no one expects a repeal to take place. The President said he would veto a repeal attempt, instead this attempt is symbolic of the upcoming court case to invalidate subsidies and is a chance for newly elected GOP house reps to make good on the promise to try and repeal ObamaCare.

The scheduled vote was announced in a new memo from House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy to fellow GOP House members in which he said the effort to repeal the legislation will give them an opportunity to tell voters that health care decisions “should be made by patients and their doctors, not by Washington.” – Fox News

Obviously the above statement is rhetoric as the private health insurance industry left about 50 million Americans without coverage, ObamaCare doesn’t actually replace private insurance it just subsidizes it, and people have more health care rights then ever. Literally nothing in the law affects choices between doctors and patients aside from minimum benefits and the ancillary fact that access to care and quality of care is still based on cost under the ACA.

This year the GOP has maintained their excellent record of making the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act a top priority. Recent highlights of past repeal attempts include:

  • Allowing states to opt-out of expanding Medicaid, leaving almost 5 million without coverage.
  • Attempts to repeal subsidies, endangering tens of millions access to cost assistance and putting 5 million in immediate jeopardy.
  • Attempting to change the definition of full-time to 40 hours a week, which is not so great for those industries like nursing in which nurses have traditionally worked just shy of 4o hours.
  • Not actually coming up with an official alternative solution that could even begin to address the issues the 1000 pages of ACA tackles.
  • Trying to solve the looming debt / healthcare crisis by cutting taxes, food stamps, and VA funding instead of addressing health care costs.
  • Using taxpayer money to fund a lawsuit to sue the President.
  • Etc.

“We need health care reform that makes the system more responsive to patients, families and doctors — reforms that preserve and protect the doctor-patient relationship. Right now, ObamaCare is moving our health care system in the exact opposite direction where the American people are paying more and getting less,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said in a statement after the vote. “In the House of Representatives, we are saying we need to get rid of this law that’s not working and focus on solutions that will embrace the principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, choices, and responsiveness.”

Again, we have to question the rhetoric. How exactly does repealing access to medicaid and subsidies and repealing a law full of consumer protections, address any of these issues? Hopefully, the voice of the people who are actually helped by ObamaCare will be a little louder than the repealers.

What do you think?

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Heather Miller on

I am one of many Americans that lost a perfectly good plan and am forced to pay more for less coverage. I am also a Tax Preparer and see many insurance situations this year. The main being the rising costs of premiums for terrible coverage and the fact that many of my clients have no idea how to begin to get coverage. it is awful. There has to be a better more cost effective way.

Ryan on

My insurance was $80 for a PPO in 2007. The next year Obama took office, it became $120, and in 2013 when Obamacare was in effect, it became $241. The exact same care but less benefits and the insurance is less willing to pay for large ticket items such as a HIDA scan. Why? Because Obamacare forces each and all of us to bear the burden of insuring illegal immigrants, people who are capable but unwilling to work and gangsters who gets shot each day who needs medical attention. Sure, I don’t oppose to helping those who NEEDs help such as the elderly and the disabled, but I guess the liberals forgot to tell you that some of those “millions who will lose insurance” didn’t deserve it in the first place. Sure, criticize me all you want ye liberals. Sure, I am not a saint and the government has no right to force me to be a saint. But know this: I see with my own eyes some of those liberals at my school who preach everyday how we should help the poor never donates a single penny to the charities and gives as little tip as they can everywhere they go.

Donald Harvey on

Why is this info not on the Six O’clock news?
Repeal and replace with what? “They” never say. No talking head holds their feet to the fire to get an answer. Why is the cost of these repeal efforts not promulgated?

Katherine Benton on

Obama care is thievery at its best. I am forced to pay for “low cost insurance” that has a high deductible because I can’t afford more than that a month. My policy is worthless because unless I spend 6000.00 or 13000 as a family I pay every doctors visit out of my own pocket. No one in congress has to have it. The poor and middle class are being robbed to fix the national deficiacite. No one in congress will over turn it because they will not be fined for not having it. I love my country. This is a gross miss use of power.