WHAT A WASTE OF THE PEOPLE'S TIME.
...and should that be tolerated?
A reprise by the Conservatives in the United States Congress on the Affordable Care Act is shameful, to say the least.
Ridiculing the Affordable Care Act has preoccupied the minds of some members to the point that all important issues have been pushed to one side; and that is what is going on now on Capitol Hill.
The Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, with the full support of Democrats in Congress, and the saga about it has continued until the U.S. Supreme Court voted by 5 to 4 Justices in favor of the Act, and declaring it constitutional, only a few days ago.
Now, the Republicans have brought the issue back in the U.S. House of Representatives, and if that wasn't a waste of time and taxpayer money, to use several days to debate the Act all over again, just for political purposes, then nothing would fit the character of repetitiveness and opposition by the Republicans that have gone on for so long, particularly in the House, to have anything done in the name of the people.
"House Republicans launched an all-out assault Tuesday against President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law," (CNN, 07/11/12).
The Republicans knew what they were doing, that whatever they voted on and passed in the House would be rebuffed in a majority Democratic Senate; and even if that should not happen, the president would veto it any way.
There was some sense that was addressed by a prominent Republican, directed to his own party members, saying,
"This is all about the government. It is Washington knows best, and it is wrong," said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan," and that was about Wednesday's (today's) Republican vote that was just a repetition of what happened two years before.
All they could now do was to mutilate the Act by choosing certain parts of it and cutting funding for other sections; however, that would be just like beating a dead horse; and if Congress would find precious time to do things like that, then it was not a surprise that it has been dubbed a "do nothing Congress" to the chagrin of many Americans.
The potential Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney, has vowed to repeal the Act, if he became president, and that should be enough to satisfy the most ardent Republican Party members, that their party might have a chance to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, if he (Romney) should win.
However, strangely enough, their representatives in Congress would want to drag the issue on the floor of the House, just to do damage to what has been passed into law and has been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court; and perhaps, they were doing so to impugn the reputation of President Obama, and though, they knew very well that the Act was presently helping some of the people that needed it most, such as patients with pre-existing conditions having health care coverage for the first time.
The economy, which they said they were so passionate about has been set aside for no good reason, and the question of how to improve the unemployment situation and getting the high rate of 8.2% to go down were not being discussed anymore. They were suddenly as unimportant as just driving to the House and casting a "yes" vote and going back home again; a very familiar routine to many members.
With the passage of several proposals by the Obama administration to put thousands of Americans back to work, but sitting on the shelf; members should be ashamed of themselves. They would rather be playing a waiting game with them (proposals), and then just seize the opportunity to make snide remarks to score political points, when low job numbers came up at the start of each month.
.... and now this charade of taking care of the people's business that has got nothing to do with the people, but a whole lot to do with one particular political entity, the Republican Party. That was what the vote in the House today was all about, and nothing else.
Voters, and especially independent ones, should take note of such a shenanigan and vote their conscience in November, and against members of Congress, who were participating in today's vote and were due for reelection. They (voters) should replace them with people, who have the country's best interest at heart.
Such a deliberate waste of the people's time should not be tolerated.