Jobs, Jobs Jobs is the Republicans’ so-called agenda. And to Republicans Jobs, Jobs, Jobs usually means trying to regulate what takes place between women’s legs. However, on comparatively rare occasions, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs means trying to kill Obamacare. For something with zero chance of success, that’s wasteful of both time and tax dollars. By my estimation, counting today’s vote, fruitless Republican attempts to undo Obamacare have cost taxpayers over $48.5 million.
House Republicans generally avoided talk of replacement measures on Tuesday as they mobilized for an election-season vote to repeal the health care law that stands as President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment.
Instead, they lambasted the 2-year-old law as a threat to the nation’s economic recovery and predicted some Democrats would join them in repudiating it.
"This is nothing short of economic malpractice," said Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York, citing tax increases, government mandates and other items in the law. "We can and we must do better."
She did not elaborate, nor did any of the members of the leadership in their remarks to reporters after the meeting.
Republican officials said the general reluctance to sketch any sort of alternative resulted from a desire to focus public attention on the health care law itself. It generally fares poorly in public polling, both nationally and in surveys of independent voters.
In addition, they said that while many Republicans ran on a slogan of "repeal and replace" in 2010, the rank and file is far from united around any precise alternative… [emphasis added]
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The Republicans who opened their mouths were lying.
Ed Schultz provided more detail with Steve Israel (D-NY).
As a side note, repealing Obamacare would cost thousands of new jobs.
For my estimate, I used the Sunlight Foundation Database to estimate that running the House costs approximately $274 million per year. Even though the Republican leadership has kept the House out of session more this year than last year, the year is incomplete, so I used 2011 data to estimate that Congress is in session 175 days per year. Thus, running the House costs approximately $1,566,000 per day. Each vote on a major issue like Obamacare takes over a day of House time, due to the debate involved, but rounding down to just one day, the 31 attempts to undo Obamacare have cost over $48.5 million.
What is most obscene about this is that the money Republicans have wasted on this political theater could have paid a year’s average salaries for 1,156 firefighters, 967 police officers, or 890 high school teachers. So much for Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!