Yep, House Republicans are still holding votes to repeal Obamacare. Yep, there’s still no chance of this vote leading to actual repeal. Yep, we’ve done this somewhere between 37 and 67 times, writes Dana Milbank today, and yep, House Republicans are still talking as if they have already smitten the health-care law and it lies in ashes before them.
Milbank suggests House leaders really expects a different outcome this time, which would define them, according to a popular adage, as insane. But he also thinks they might be trying to create the impression that momentum is building to kill the law (or has already built). Anyway, it has to be fun or profitable somehow, assuming we are not, as Milbank playfully suggests, dealing with actual insane people here. We’re not, right? There is some sort of plan, guess many commenters, who seem to enjoy arguing about Obamacare as much as our legislators do.
CherieOK argues that knowing the repeal will fail relieves Republicans of having to come up with an alternate plan:
Since 2010, Republicans in Congress have been calling for “Repeal and replace.” After dozens of votes for repealing the ACA, I’m still waiting for them to release their plan to replace it.
SeaTigr has high hopes for a replacement, should it ever happen:
Well, I’ll be for repeal – just as soon as we replace it with either a single payer system or Germany’s hybrid public/private system.
blbixler says it’s so that representatives will get to run for reelection on voting to repeal Obamacare, even if they’re first-termers:
There is no chance that any of these votes will even get through the Senate, much less past the White House. These votes are a gift from John Boehner to all new representatives, so they can go on record as having voted against Obamacare. They are the equivalent of those grade school soccer participation trophies that every kid gets, and they are almost as meaningful.
independentcandor insists that this is all leading up to actual repeal:
God Bless the GOP for their principles, persistence and patience in doing the American people’s work. Repeal the ObamaCare disaster. It’s the right thing to do for America.
Which TheTribe1920 asserts cannot come too soon because of secret knowledge based on prophetic visions, or something:
Bad law is still bad law, the kids in their 20’s today will be killed by it 45 years from now.
Wait, hey, PostScript is one of those “kids”! And in 45 years she will be 74 and a month. Which is almost exactly the life expectancy predicted for Americans born in 1984! THETRIBE1920 KNOWS THE FUTURE! Tell us more, TheTribe! And maybe drop a hint to House Republicans that the repeal apparently never happens.