As an exercise in defiant futility, House Republicans have now voted 33 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their repeated claims that the law is “job killing” and will hike the taxes of the middle-class to unheard of proportions have been refuted in earlier editorials. Many progressive analysts have posited that the unrelenting vehemence of the effort has mostly been about protecting campaign contributions from big insurance and drug companies. However, their motive may, in part at least, be even more self-serving.
At the expense of taxpayers
The Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act requires that all Americans who earn enough acquire insurance through the mandates of the law. That includes members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Affordable Care Act will eliminate their current enhanced Federal Employees Health Benefit Program, which essentially keeps them covered for life, even after retirement. And members of Congress are eligible for retirement after as little as five years of service.
Stop lying about it!
Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said:
“House Republicans didn’t just vote to protect insurance company campaign donor profits this time. They’re even helping themselves to lifetime taxpayer-funded government health care and now they need to be honest with their constituents and admit it.”
Congressional Republicans also voted against a Democratically-proposed motion that members of Congress who voted to
repeal the Affordable Care Act must also move to repeal the enhanced benefits that are not available to the average
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to shame members of Congress who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act by asking them on camera why they voted to give themselves a lifetime of medical coverage. They denied it, but the Congressional record stands. That video can be seen below.
The politics of greed
This is just more evidence that the once-proud Republican party has been hijacked by shills for the super-rich, whose only concern is to protect their over-reaching greed at the expense of working Americans. Government is about protecting the people, down to the lowest common denominator. It should not be about protecting only the most privileged of citizens. Despite their down-home rhetoric and talk of protecting American values, these legislators are behaving like the self-serving elitists they are. To make matter worse, they are lying to a public they think is too gullible to know better.