60-ish Repeal Attempts Later, the ACA is Still “the Law of the Land”
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 as of 2015. UPDATE: Here in 2017 even more attempts have been made.
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.
“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.