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May 5, 2011

HOUSE GOP EFFECTIVELY GIVES UP ON REPEALING ACA.... House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) effectively killed Medicare privatization this morning, explaining that he doesn't see the point of his committee wasting time on it if the proposal is just doing to die in the Senate anyway.

But he expounded on another interesting subject, too.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, acknowledged Thursday that Republican plans to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law were "dead." Instead, Camp predicted, the GOP would turn its focus to overturning the most controversial portion of that legislation: the mandate requiring individuals to buy insurance.

"Obviously, I voted to repeal the bill and you pretty much know where I am on replacement because I put out a bill last year on that," Camp said. "Is the repeal dead? I don't think the Senate is going to do it, so I guess, yes."

Camp added that he'd keep an eye on the courts -- the Affordable Care Act is still the target of multiple, ongoing federal lawsuits -- and might push for a vote to repeal the individual mandate "some time in this Congress."

Of course, congressional Republicans have been talking about repealing the health care law since before it even became law. After the midterm elections, GOP officials said eliminating the entirety of the law was their top priority -- more important than jobs, energy policy, or anything else -- and immediately went to work on this goal.

Republicans didn't have an alternative policy and didn't care that polls shows Americans opposing a full repeal, but they nevertheless invested an enormous amount of time and energy into this. The result was predictable -- the House GOP passed its measure; Republicans felt good about themselves for a couple of days; and the whole effort faded away.

It's just occurring to these guys now that a Democratic Senate and Democratic White House aren't going to accept this, so it's time to give up?

As for repealing the mandate, keep a few things in mind: (1) this was a Republican idea; (2) by their own admission, Republicans have no idea how to deal with the consequences of scrapping the provision; and (3) mandates couldn't be that bad since they're part of the Paul Ryan agenda.

Steve Benen 3:35 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (16)

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It's just occurring to these guys now that a Democratic Senate and Democratic White House aren't going to accept this, so it's time to give up? -- Steve Benen

Nope. But they needed to do the Exhibition Prance for their base (aka Al Queda). And now they've been getting signals that there's no more praise to be wrung out of wild misbehaviour. Also, too, they're a-feared that Obama's Seal Team will come after them, next :)

Posted by: exlibra on May 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

They wasted nothing but time and hot air, two things they have in bulk. Where's the downside to them? Does anyone really think that our guys/gals are going to effectively club them with this? If so, based on what example from less than 20 years ago? Please, convince me we're going to extract a price from them.

Posted by: BillFromPA on May 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Sad to say, but I think they are fairly confident that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate and the entire health reform act will come tumbling down. Relying on Alito, Scalia, Roberts, et al. to do their bidding frees the GOP from having to pretend they give a rat's ass about the uninsured. These clowns never intended to follow through on the second phase of "repeal and replace" because the fact that millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions are ineligible for coverage and go without proper care is not a concern for them politically or morally.

Posted by: frontstreet on May 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

This is all about bin Laden. It really is.
Between the birth certificate and now bin Laden, Obama's critics got nothin'. And they are finally catching on.

Posted by: maryQ on May 5, 2011 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

So, was it a Republican idea, or was it the most progressive bill passed ever? I think I missed the latest Obamabot memo.

What's the slogan for 2012? "Democrats: the Republicans of the '90s"? But I guess it would be very unSerious to set the bar higher, right?

Posted by: Tom Allen on May 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

It doesn't matter that the mandate is a Republican Idea (and I always thought "Republican Idea" was an oxymoron). Nor does it matter that the Ryan plan relies on mandates. The only thing that matters is that the ACA is Obama, and the Dems, plan, and as such is evil/icky/sickly/etc.

Why is this? Because to the teabagger base policy is a zero sum game. Anything Obama or the Dems come up with is bad because Obama and the Dems came up with it. That, and the fact that the wingnut money machine went into overdrive, is why the Republicans went nuts when Obama passed Bob Dole/Mittens Romney's health care plan.

It is also why so many bagger-'tards are vapor locking at the idea that we killed Osama bin Laden. Their little brains can't do the math: Killing Osama would be good, but Obama was the one who did it, so it must be bad.

Posted by: Han's Solo on May 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

I am a liberal Dem and I hate this bill.

MEDICARE FOR ALL!

Posted by: sue rn on May 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

This reminds me of when Richard Nixon resigned the presidency. In his speech that night, he claimed it was because he no longer would be able to work with Congress, and he wouldn't be effective as president anymore. NOTHING to do with Watergate, you understand.

Posted by: Molly Weasley on May 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Obama proves the Right are idiots by producing his birth cert.
Obama disposes of Osama Bin Laden permanently
Obama saves the United States Auto Industry
GOPers give in on repealing "Obamacare"
GOPers give in on the Ryan Kill Medicare plan
GOPers piss off an entire generation of Medicare recipients
GOPers realize they are on the short end of a lot of sticks
GOPers run for hills

Posted by: T2 on May 5, 2011 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

I forgot:

GOPers do a presidential candidate debate and no one shows up

Posted by: T2 on May 5, 2011 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

So today, per TPM, Cantor is saying they are giving up on killing Medicare and Medicaid because Obama attacked the idea so much.

Therefore, in the same week that Obama kills Osama bin Laden, he saves Medicare and Medicaid.

I'll repeat: Obama killed OBL and saved Medicare and Medicaid all in one week.

Freakin' amazing.

Posted by: Han's Solo on May 5, 2011 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Insurance companies won't allow the repeal of the individual mandate.

Posted by: Sam on May 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP is good at pretending to discover how government really works. The Contract on America generation ran on voluntary term limits, but when their chance to run a third time came around, it was all "Well, now I have seniority, which is good for my district, harumph ..."

It's called lying when us regular folk do that to each other.

Posted by: ManOutOfTime on May 5, 2011 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP just pissed off the part of the American populace who ALWAYS come out and vote and are now paying close attention to all their shaddy movements from now on. Well done Boehner!!

Posted by: Drinksforall on May 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

(4) The insurance companies demand the mandate as a condition for participation.

The Republican game plan seems to be to alienate all interest groups, including traditional allies, with the exception of the Koch brothers.

Posted by: bob h on May 6, 2011 at 6:38 AM | PERMALINK
So, was it a Republican idea, or was it the most progressive bill passed ever? I think I missed the latest Obamabot memo.

The mandate, on its own, was an insurance industry idea that's been actively pushed by the industry as a central component of any reform effort since the 1990s (I think it was first floated as the industries alternative to the employer mandate in Bill Clinton's 1993 plan), the Republicans were just the political party who picked it up from industry first.

The ACA, which is more than just a mandate, was a fairly significant reform that some argue is the most progressive health care bill ever adopted in the U.S.; I'm not sure how much room there is for debate on that point, I mean, where is the competition? The adoption of Medicare and Medicaid are probably the only thing that are even remotely arguably to be in the running, and those were much more narrowly applicable.

Posted by: cmdicely on May 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK
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