Congress, Health Care, and Politics
|Congress is getting to their first order of new business, repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [PPACA] signed into law by President Obama last year.|
It is interesting to note that the justification the GOP is using to repeal the act is that they have heard the voice of the people, and the people, in the recent election, resoundingly rejected the direction of the Obama administration.
Well here are a few central parts of the PPACA that are already in force, as detailed in this column by Eugene Robinson at truthdig.
Certainly there are things in the new law that need to be fixed, and even the Democrats want to do that, but when they tried last year, the GOP said no, preferring the chance to be able to tell their base they stood for total recall.
Instead of fixing the bad parts of this legislation, a common Washington practice, the GOP played politics.
So I look forward to the next few months as Republicans try and convince us that since they won a majority of seats in the last election, they have a right to legislate as they see fit, because the American people said so.
I just don’t understand why they did not support that right after the 2008 elections when the Democrats won big.
Can someone answer that question for me? Please.