The Republican House, instead of acting on the American Jobs Act which could actually benefit our economy, has been wasting taxpayer money and their own time ONCE AGAIN trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Yes, I know lots of knee-jerk conservatives despise this thing. But thoughtful Americans approve of it, more and more all the time when they learn what it will do and what repealing it will take away.
I see the figures on either side of the issue saying It’s going to save incredible amounts of money! It’s going to cost incredible amounts of money! I’d say they’re probably both wrong. Republicans would have us believe that there are no benefits to it, we can’t afford it, we must repeal it and replace it with..drum roll, please..tort reform. Do they think we are retarded?
In my opinion, the bottom line on Obamacare (come on, we are all calling it that — but those of you who think that’s a grave insult should know that the rest of us are smiling about it) is that it is certainly not the last word in health reform. We need MUCH MORE reform in order to fix our health care system.
But what we do NOT need is MUCH LESS REFORM!!!!
So, instead of wasting time and money Pretend Repealing the ACA, how about — heck, I would even be willing to give you partial credit for this, Oh Right Wing Congress — how about actually doing something that will HELP OUR ECONOMY?
From the Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Liebman: Republicans Are Blocking Obama’s Jobs Plan
There is a strong consensus about what the immediate challenges facing our economy are: first and foremost, a continued lack of demand as a lingering result of the recession. We also know the areas where this has caused the most damage, including deep state and local government layoffs and continued weakness in the construction sector. And we have a good idea of what tools work best to address these problems.
The president has put forward a plan that uses exactly these tools. Nine months ago, President Obama outlined his American Jobs Act and independent economists said it would create as many as 1.9 million jobs. While Congress has acted on some of his proposals—most notably, extending payroll tax cuts that provide $1,000 for an average family—it left more than a million jobs on the table.
One of the largest drags on our economy has been the layoffs of public employees… [As] American businesses have created nearly 4.3 million private-sector jobs,,, state and local government employment has fallen by 450,000 jobs… But Congress has failed to act to put hundreds of thousands of teachers and first-responders back to work.
There are still two million fewer construction workers employed than when the recession started in 2007. Yet Congress has failed to act on the president’s plan to put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads, bridges and airports.
Economists .. have shown that in a single year of teaching a great teacher raises the lifetime earnings of her students by $250,000 relative to an average teacher—so laying off some of our most promising teachers is tragic. Infrastructure boosts productivity and economic growth..
President Obama would ..cut taxes for small businesses that add jobs or increase wages, make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, and put veterans back to work. ..put forward a budget that would reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade and stabilize our debt-to-GDP ratio.
This approach stands in stark contrast to that of Gov. Mitt Romney. What would Gov. Romney do to create jobs now? In a word, nothing. In fact, the proposals he has put forward would slow the recovery, reversing the gains we have made since the recession ended.
Gov. Romney himself has acknowledged that excessive spending cuts can have a damaging impact on the economy.
But his own budget plan—as well as the House Republican budget he has said he is “very supportive of”—requires immediate cuts that would significantly reduce domestic spending. [It] would reduce economic output by about 1%. That would shrink employment next year by more than one million jobs.
The rest of Gov. Romney’s economic agenda..would almost certainly undermine confidence in the U.S. economy and reduce employment further.
President Obama’s ideas are not radical ones.
Republicans in Congress are the only thing that is preventing these measures from putting more Americans back to work right now.