Talk about sore losers. Didn’t the GOP lose this fight already? Twice?!? The Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare” by the GOP, was signed into law over three years ago in March 2010. Today, House Republicans have voted to defund Obamacare. The measure to defund passed in a partisan vote, 230-189.
I’ll keep his simple as it appears some Republicans have difficulty with simple concepts: Less than a year ago, there was an election. Barack Obama was reelected President. That election was after he signed the Affordable Care Act into law. In that election, you (Republicans) made him wear Obamacare around his neck. He owned it. He won reelection.
You like to talk about mandates. That election was a mandate on Obamacare.
You lost. And I’m not trying to gloat. It is a fact. Obamacare is law. The people– by reelecting the President– have spoken. The people want to give Obamacare an opportunity.
So rather than listening to voters– the GOP continues to bang its head against a brick wall and in so doing, continue to arrogantly tell the nation THEY know what is best. Today they have given Democrats a choice: defund Obamacare, or we will not vote to raise the debt ceiling– which will lead to, among other things, a government shut down.
“If Congress doesn't pass this debt ceiling in the next few weeks, the United States will default on its obligations. That's never happened in American history. Basically, America becomes a deadbeat,”Obama said.
All this does is continue to make Republicans look out of touch. It is more evidence some Republicans live in a dimension where Rush Limbaugh is president. As more proof of how out of touch the GOP is, after today’s vote Speaker of the House, John Boehner, called the measure's approval “a victory today for the American people.” He said: “Our message to the United State Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people. Now it's time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.”
I don’t get the purpose of today’s vote. The House GOP– a group of people who claim to detest government waste– sure have wasted a lot of money in calling for over 40 votes to either defund or disable Obamacare in the past three years. For that to happen, a Democrat-controlled Senate would have to vote for it (not going to happen) and then the same President who used all his political capital to get the Act signed into law, would also have to vote to defund it.
It’s like Moe, Larry and Curly are running Washington.
WHAT IS THE POINT?
Less than a year after having their asses handed to them in an election because they did not get the support of women and Latinos, the GOP has done nothing to make itself more palatable. The GOP has done nothing on immigration. And it states where they control legislatures, not only have they further restricted a woman’s freedom to choose but they have also made it more difficult for poor women to access reproductive healthcare.
When the calendar turned to 2013, I expected the GOP to actually practice what they were preaching: the need to be more inclusive. Unfortunately, less than a year later, the Grand OLD Party has done back to default.
The GOP should learn from recent history: the last time there was a government shutdown, it lost miserably. If they force one in 10 days, they’ll lose worse this time. They will be blamed for a shutdown by fighting a fight that they’ve lost twice already.
What’s the definition of insanity again?
“There's no reason the American people should have to face this train wreck,” said Georgia Republican Congressman Tom Price.
And I get it. But if it is a train wreck, then the best option is to allow it to be implemented. Then the GOP can sit back and say “I told you so.”
Obamacare will be implemented. The only way to stop its implementation would be to have enough votes in both the House and Senate to defund it and override a veto. That is NOT HAPPENING. That is not rocket science.
For the GOP’s sake, Obamacare better not work. Because if it does, the GOP will be forced to wear Obamacare around its neck like Kryptonite in Lex Luthor’s pool.