The Humiliating Two Paragraph GOP Healthcare Repeal Bill

Jan 04 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Please take me seriously!

I thought you might enjoy seeing what a Republican bill looks like, since we hear so much about how Republicans can’t read the long bills (you know, the bills with an actual plan that take into account many aspects of the proposed legislation). So, yes, here it is ladies and gentlemen: A Bill! By Eric Cantor, Representative (R-VA-7th District) and House Majority Leader-Elect.

Drum roll…….

Courtesy of Washington Examiner

To repeal the job-killing health care law and health carerelated (sic)
provisions in the Health Care and Education
Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the ”Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”.


(a) JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW.—Effective as of the enactment of Public Law 111-148, such Act is re7
pealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

(b) HEALTH CARE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010.—Effective as of the enactment of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), title I and subtitle B of title II of such Act are repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such title or subtitle, respectively, are restored or revived as if such title and subtitle had not been enacted.

Fini! Now, this bill is actually two pages long due to the title formatting, lest you fail to be impressed by the Republican’s seriousness in this two paragraph bill, replete with title error. This reminds me of their “healthcare reform alternative” bill! All logos and style but no substance. But it does come with a talking point, “This Act may be cited as the ”Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”. Yes, indeed, the job-killing health care act! As if the Republicans care about jobs. Oh, dear.

Note that they aren’t saying that the healthcare reform act is in fact based upon the very free market principles they claim to believe in. In fact, their market researchers told them never to refer to it as a free market act, because the people would like that. “Indeed, facing a Democratic plan that actually relied on the free market to try to bring down costs, Luntz (Frank Luntz, Republican strategist) recommended sidestepping that inconvenient fact: ‘The arguments against the Democrats’ healthcare plan must center around politicians, bureaucrats and Washington … not the free market, tax incentives or competition.'”

So it was very important that they brand it a “government take-over”, which they did very successfully, earning themselves the PolitiFact Lie of the Year for 2010:

“In the spring of 2009, a Republican strategist settled on a brilliant and powerful attack line for President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to overhaul America’s health insurance system. Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a “government takeover.”

“Takeovers are like coups,” Luntz wrote in a 28-page memo. “They both lead to dictators and a loss of freedom.”

The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the “public option” concept that was derided as too much government intrusion. The law passed in March, with new regulations, but no government-run plan……

• The phrase appears more than 90 times on Boehner’s website,

• It was mentioned eight times in the 48-page Republican campaign platform “A Pledge to America” as part of their plan to “repeal and replace the government takeover of health care.”

• The Republican National Committee’s website mentions a government takeover of health care more than 200 times.

Conservative groups and tea party organizations joined the chorus. It was used by FreedomWorks, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute.

The phrase proliferated in the media even after Democrats dropped the public option. In 2010 alone, “government takeover” was mentioned 28 times in the Washington Post, 77 times in Politico and 79 times on CNN. A review of TV transcripts showed “government takeover” was primarily used as a catchy sound bite, not for discussions of policy details.

PolitFact notes that this phrase was used successfully and without push back by pundits, etc.

Now Republicans are urging us to call it a “job-killing act“. Nicely done, boys. Way to stay topical! We can never accuse the Republicans of not understanding and exploiting what will scare the American public the most at any given moment. And we can count on the media to sit this round of lies out as well. After all, why should they correct the facts? Isn’t it their job to help sell the big lie?

What’s missing? Well, besides a viable alternative (and you knew better than to expect that), where are the flags and the tea bags and the rifles? This can’t possibly be good for America if they left those symbols of liberty off of the bill.

Please don’t laugh at the elephants, darlings. They can’t read so they assumed you couldn’t either. Just nod and smile and pretend this is what you pay them for. This is an example of “reform” by the Republicans. So charming! And this little two paragraph “bill” will cost us unknown millions while they wave the two papers around for the cameras and bluster and stomp their feet for their Tea Party base. Heck, what’s a few more million dollars when you’re protesting a bill that will reduce our deficit over the long haul? Can you say fiscal con?

Cheers, people. You can expect a lot more of this low-level chicanery over the next two years.

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