You’ve probably heard the House Republicans are planning another useless vote to repeal ObamaCare.
This 30-somethingth display of their impotence is the kind of sabre-rattling that appeals to GOP primary voters — the only voters they care about — while wasting our precious time and money as millions of Americans struggle to find work.
Imagine if House Republicans had voted to repeal the PATRIOT ACT 33 times. Liberals would be cheering along the same way they cheered Rand Paul’s drone filibuster — before they found out that Paul was okay with American citizens being droned as long as they committed some atrocity like robbing a liquor store.
Imagine if the House GOP held 33 votes demanding tax reform that said General Electric and Facebook should at least pay the same tax rate as a school teacher.
Imagine if House GOP held 33 votes offering some help to the more than 4 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months.
Instead, they’re fixating on destroying the greatest victory for the middle class since Medicare. Instead, they want insurance companies to be able to deny care based on pre-existing conditions and to be able to drop you when you get sick. Instead they want us to keep paying for each other’s health insurance — IN THE DUMBEST POSSIBLE WAY.
Last week I wrote about a report that suggests that even if Democrats win in 2014 at a margin similar to how the GOP won in the landslide of 2010, Republicans will retain a House majority of 15 seats. My argument was this would encourage their extremism and keep them from winning the Senate and the presidency.
But this return to ObamaCare repealing has made me reconsider — I really do believe that the American people are in an abusive relationship with the House Republicans that they may decide they can escape en masse if they see a way out.
America is ready for a recovery as we see from the latest jobs report — but the GOP’s demands for austerity that became the sequester are holding us down and screaming in our face.
Cutting government jobs in a jobs crisis is a slap to the face of the middle class and is one of the many reasons that food stamp consumption is going up — especially in districts that vote for Republicans.
In 2014, as ObamaCare will kick in and create droves of new, middle class health care jobs. Millions of working Americans will have health insurance for the first time and all of the scaremongering the GOP has done about the law for years will prove to be their new “weapons of mass destruction”. Suddenly, voters may be ready to wake up and break up with the bullies who have been punishing us for the pleasure of their base.
And we’ll get to keep the House.