LOL. Via Daily What.
Screw America, screw the middle class, screw kids with pre-existing conditions, screw legislating on the important stuff like creating jobs, screw the polls that tell us that Americans say health care reform didn't go far enough, just keep doing what you can to sink Obama's presidency, right GOP?
Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.
House GOP sources tell CNN that on Friday, only two days after claiming the House majority, Republicans will hold a critical procedural vote – the first step towards passing the repeal. A final House vote will likely take place next Wednesday. [...]
Because House Republicans will have such big numbers in their new majority, they likely have the votes to pass the health care repeal. But Republicans admit the repeal will almost surely die in the Senate, where Democrats maintain control.
Given that reality, Republicans say their long term strategy for doing away with the health care law is to try to use Congress' power of the purse to choke funding and make it hard for the administration to implement the law.
My earlier post with more details about this here, including the Democrats' response plus a bonus animated video.
UPDATE: As Rep. Jim Moran just said on MSNBC, this is about the GOP appealing to their base. Period.
Via the wonderful Next Media Animation, the group that provides all the hilarious, on-point animated entertainment we are all now so familiar with:
John Boehner and the Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives when they ride back into Washington on Wednesday. Their first order of business is to repeal President Obama’s massive healthcare overhaul that was passed last year.
Efforts, however, will likely be stopped by the Senate. Also, President Obama has the ability to veto the appeal.
But unless there’s a sweeping repeal, Republicans vow to dismantle ObamaCare piece by piece, hoping it will crumble.
The Hill has more, but the video pretty much nails it:
The Senate's top Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), wrote incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday warning the new GOP House against advancing legislation that would undo the sweeping healthcare overhaul.
"The incoming House Republican majority that you lead has made the repeal of the federal health care law one of its chief goals. We urge you to consider the unintended consequences that the law’s repeal would have on a number of popular consumer protections that help middle class Americans," the Democrats said. [...]
The vote on repealing the law is expected to be largely symbolic as long as Obama is in the White House and Democrats control the Senate. It would take a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override a presidential veto of the repeal legislation.
Harry Reid's coming for you, seniors! Be afraid!
At the link they also go into how misinformed seniors are over the details of the reform. You think the President would call up oh, I don't know, one of the Beach Boys, and have them make PSA's about it or maybe go on tour around Retirement Villages and get the good word out.
The July Health Tracking Poll indicates overall public support for the health reform law is steady from June, while unfavorable views of the law have trended downward. Half the public (50%) now expresses a favorable view of the law, while 35 percent say they have an unfavorable opinion (down from 41% in June).
Retirement-age workers outnumber teenagers in the work force for the first time since 1948 -- when Harry Truman was in the White House. It's another sign of competition for scarce jobs.
The number of people 65 and older in the labor force -- defined as those who are working or looking for work -- has averaged 6.6 million in the first half of this year, compared with more than 5.9 million workers 16 to 19, according to the Labor Department. There are now 1.13 older workers for every teen, compared with 0.5 a decade ago.
Even after a year of economic growth, companies are reluctant to hire as the housing market weakens and manufacturing growth shows signs of slowing. The Labor Department said last week that private U.S. companies added 83,000 positions, fewer than economists had forecast. The average workweek and hourly earnings fell.
"Older workers need to replenish their 401(k) plans, so those who have jobs are clinging to them rather than retiring," said Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Teenagers lose out because less-educated workers and those with shorter tenure are most vulnerable during a recession, she said.
Older workers are competing for some jobs with teens, a May 2010 report by Labor Department economist Teresa Morisi indicates.
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