What does GOP have in common with Joe DiMaggio? Not much

joe-dimaggio2Back in 1941, Joe DiMaggio, “The Yankee Clipper”, got a hit in 56 consecutive games, a number that still stands today as one of the more revered and perhaps unbreakable records in baseball.

And as of yesterday, House Republicans have now gone to bat 56 consecutive times in an effort to repeal all or part of ObamaCare, and 56 times they have passed it. I’m sure we ought to be impressed by their heroic consistency, except for the fact that every one of those votes has been absolutely meaningless. They can’t pass immigration reform, they can’t fix transportation funding, but they can certainly surrender time and again to this peculiar, collective obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Afterward, House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions of Texas repeated the mantra that he and his colleagues now know by heart, having repeated it so often:

“Repealing ObamaCare is a top priority for Republicans in Congress. Today, the House took a stand against its job-killing, costly regulations.”

If you do the math, they have taken that stand an average of 11 times a year in the almost five years since President Obama signed the measure into law, all with no effect whatsoever. It’s a record of futility that by rights ought to be just as unbreakable as DiMaggio’s — well, except for the fact that there will probably be a 57th vote and a 58th vote….

Because that’s what they do.

Of course, we’re told that this time it’s different. This time, after five years, the repeal legislation voted on by the House finally includes the long-promised plan to replace ObamaCare.

OK, not a plan, exactly. You might charitably call it a plan to have a plan, if by “plan” you mean a list of 12 great-sounding goals with no idea how to attain them. For example, the plan that House committee chairs have been instructed to create must accomplish the following, among other things:

  • “lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice;”
  • “provide people with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health coverage;”
  • “increase the number of insured Americans;”
  • “do not accelerate the insolvency of entitlement programs or increase the tax burden on Americans.”

That ought to be some plan. They’re going to eliminate ObamaCare and all the taxes that finance it. Then they’re going to increase the number of Americans with health insurance above and beyond those insured through ObamaCare, they’re going to lower health-insurance premiums, they’re going to provide affordable coverage to those with pre-existing conditions AND they’re going to do all that with no new taxes.

In short, after five years and 56 votes, there’s still no cause to take them seriously.

ObamaCare exists today because during the years of Republican control of Washington, the GOP made no effort to address annual double-digit increases in the cost of health insurance (now down to 2-3 percent), no effort to help the increasing number of Americans without insurance (a trend now completely reversed), no effort to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions (now covered through ObamaCare), and no effort to slow health-care costs in general.

To hear them tell it, we were helpless against those trends. It turns out we weren’t.

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DS
DS

I see the ACA enrollment numbers through the end of January are out. There are 448,512 enrolled in Georgia so far, which is about 40% more than last year and 10% more than the HHS projection for this year, with a week and a half left to enroll.

Total enrollment in all states is just over 10 million, which exceeds the HHS projection already.

AyeAyeSir
AyeAyeSir

It took 250 years to get rid of slavery.


56 votes is nothing.


Some things are worth fighting for.

Paul42
Paul42

It's likely been posted already, but it bears repeating.

That old saw about what do you call it when you do the same thing over and over and expect different results?

So now "House Republican" has become synonymous with 'insane."


Based on the record, sounds about right.  Next, an analysis of people who vote for them, expecting something different...

alexander2
alexander2

GOP and Joltin Joe analogy, might have included Monroe somehow or perhaps a pitch for "Mr. Coffee"...." where have you gone, (journalism)......."

alexander2
alexander2

Jay, Look objectively at the TOTAL cost of health care to the majority of Americans, that is people who had health care coverage before the ACA and who continue to have coverage ( Albeit different), if the cost is less, then great....

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

looks like a fellow ajc blogger's going to be taken to school SHEETZ. 

Jack_®
Jack_®

Start a business and pay your employees' health care premiums and see how that works. 

alexander2
alexander2

@Visual_Cortex , not sure how this statement helps, what would have been better is to know how before the ACA was passed the business health insurance was procured...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Jack_Republican

Leave your full time job with insurance benefits to start your own company, and try to procure an affordable health insurance plan without the PPACA's regulations and protections in place, and see how that works out.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@alexander2 @Visual_Cortex

That's fair enough, but in the end, I think the PPACA has probably liberated more than a few people who had heretofore stayed at jobs at least in part for the security of paid health benefits. With exchanges and the promise of help for those who are trying to scrape by with a paltry income that you'd expect with a start-up, it has to help in such efforts. 

And no, I have no idea of how many people have already, or will, fall into this category.  I just think it gets some short shrift when discussing the legislation's effect upon business development.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Just checking: 


Have the Republicans come up with "Replace" yet? :) 

Normd
Normd

I had 56 straight hits once...boy, was I stoned...

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"It will not stop him and Akimbo and DiA and td and Del and others here from swiftboating veterans though."


When have I EVER said anything derogatory about veterans, Jammie?  Put up or STFU.  



Jammie, I'm still waiting.  I posted that 35 minutes ago and you still haven't produced anything other than your whacked out hate speech.  Put up or STFU you POS.  

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

I frequently refer to Kerry as Swiftboat Johnny. Perhaps Jammie misdirected his ire.

But he does that a lot, just to stir the pot I guess.

Penses
Penses

@fiftythreepercenter 


You should edit out those final two words, 53, as they represent a personal attack. I have no idea why JV has not been banned as yet, but no need for you to sink to his level. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@fiftythreepercenter refresh your memory any?


"Enjoy those VA bennies I'm paying for private.  


A thank you once in a while would be appreciated.  Just sayin'"


yeah, nothing derogatory there

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Penses @fiftythreepercenter It's a response to the personal attacks I get from Jammie every day; including today.  If Jay wants to ban me for that, so be it, but I'm not inclined to allow a coward like Jammie to slander me like that and roll over and play dead. 

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@fiftythreepercenter so now you'll quibble  . . . ok. attack the private, but not the military system the private is attached to. he of course is the only one who gets bennies in  your world I suppose. See, as the dems have found, when you have to qualify your response, the effectiveness is lost. Sorry. But thanks for playing.


don't you have 3,000 employees to tend to by now?

Penses
Penses

@fiftythreepercenter @Penses 


I understand. I have been there and done that. Jay needs to step up and enforce the rules. Then at least we can have civil debates. But you don't HAVE to return evil with evil or act like a child when others do. It only takes strength and self-control. Attack people's claims and positions, not their persons.  

JoeBobJoe
JoeBobJoe

@fiftythreepercenter I'm sorry, I'm late to the party.    It appears JamVet has been talking, again, pure garbage.   Normal for a REMF.  Go get him 53%

BSNBC
BSNBC

Just sign the bill and we will read it later!

Penses
Penses

@Doggone_GA @BSNBC 


So no need to read any drafts. I mean, that would be pointless. Because drafts have no relation to the final bill, right?

Penses
Penses

@Doggone_GA @Penses @BSNBC 


You are talking to someone who has taught writing at the university level. Drafts are not simply "first thoughts" and they often nearly resemble the final document. That is true of laws as well. Legislators should know "what's in" the drafts so they can competently help revise them into a finalized bill. Anything less in irresponsible. 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@BSNBC As with all bills...because the final version is not available until it's voted on.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Nick_Danger @gotalife @Philo_Farnsworth No, Nick, cons know communism is what happens when the people figure out socialism doesn't work as advertised, get sick of it and threaten a revolution, and the elites decide they need to take control of the situation to maintain their elite status.  


Nobody actually votes to be subjects of communism.  It's a sad byproduct of most of you liberals pipe dream that socialism actually works.

gotalife
gotalife

The President proposes a budget and then what happens cons?


Your party plays politics with his proposed budget.

gotalife
gotalife

You cons know this is pathetic. Just admit it.

Normd
Normd

@SFM_Scootter @gotalife 


About arguing...an old saying..."it's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than it is to open it and remove all doubt"...just sayin'...

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Yesterday's topic, I know...

While he is encouraging every parent to have their child immunized, President Obama’s new budget cuts $50 million from an immunization program for poor, uninsured, American-Indian and Alaska Native citizens.

The new budget reduces the 317 Immunization Program from $611 million in 2015 to $561 million in 2016 according to budget papers and a handful of reports.