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In case you were blissfully unaware that the House of Representatives will hold its 37th Obamacare repeal vote on Thursday, the House of Representatives will hold its 37th Obamacare repeal vote on Thursday. In case you're wondering, yes, President Obama would veto the bill [pdf] should the unthinkable happen and the bill not only get onto the Senate floor for a vote, but be passed there. Which isn't going to happen, but here's what the White House says, anyway:
The last thing the Congress should do is refight old political battles and take a massive step backward by repealing basic protections that provide security for the middle class. Right now, the Congress needs to work together to focus on the economy and creating jobs.

If the President were presented with H.R. 45, he would veto it.

As further indication of how ridiculous this ongoing one-sided fight is, the nonpartisan CBO is not going to waste its time scoring the bill, which would take several weeks of staff time. Instead, they point to past evaluations of Obamcare repeal (there are plenty of them) and reiterate that repeal would cost the nation a minimum of  $1.3 trillion for the 2013–2022 period. Another thing that's different this time around, is that Democrats will be fighting fire with fire, targeting 10 Republicans who are wasting time and taxpayer money on this with robocalls to voters in their districts.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is paying for the calls, which according to a script obtained by Yahoo News, will warn voters that Republicans support putting "insurance companies back in charge of your health care."
“The Republican Congress is scheduled to vote tomorrow to put insurance companies back in charge of your health care and repeal vital consumer protections and benefits that you’ve earned," the voice on the call will say. “And your Congressman might be part of the problem. Tell [your congressman] to stand up for middle class families here in California—and don't help the Republican Congress give insurance companies more control over your life." [...]

The calls will go to voters in the districts of Reps. Chris Gibson and Michael Grimm of New York, Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Jon Runyan of New Jersey, Reps. Gary Miller and David Valadao of California, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Bill Young of Florida, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, and New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce.

The argument should have some heft, particularly if Democrats start talking about the math of these votes, as the New York Times has done. They figured out that Thursday will be "at least the 43rd day" a Republican-led House has spent on repeal. Because they've only actually held votes on 281 days in the past 29 months, that means "Republicans have spent no less than 15 percent of their time on the House floor on repeal in some way."

And there's still no jobs bill.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed May 15, 2013 at 01:48 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed May 15, 2013 at 01:48:30 PM PDT

  •  I wanted to say, (6+ / 0-)

    why no robo calls to my district, PA-16...but Joe (the pits) Pitts is firmly entrenched.

    Indeed, although there was no Tea Party when he was first elected, he is a Teahadist par excellence.

    The asshole.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Wed May 15, 2013 at 01:57:12 PM PDT

    •  Sorry (5+ / 0-)

      I feel your pain. I live in Idaho.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:02:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Really? I grew up there. (3+ / 0-)

        Sad b/c Idaho has a rich democratic history that was driven by the unions that made up a large part of the work force.

        Now? Idaho, like Kansas, the South, and every other blind conservative area has near poverty level masses fighting like hell to ensure they keep being used by the elite.

        And, it is the people in states like Idaho that fight the hardest to keep health insurance companies free to shit on them and make obscene profits. But, hey, it's great politics to keep feeding these people with useless political fights less they start figuring out that absolutely nothing is getting done to improve their lives.

        Onward! Downward! Let's git er done!

        Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

        by 4CasandChlo on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:39:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm a native (5+ / 0-)

          lived elsewhere for most of my adult life, until I moved back a couple of years ago. And I grew up in Democratic politics here. There isn't a day I don't think about what it was like when we had senators like Frank Church serving. People who had integrity and a commitment to public service.

          Now we've got a junior senator who likes the gig because he doesn't have to do any work and another who's stupid enough to hire a crook who stole a quarter of a million from his campaign.

          Depressing.

          "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

          by Joan McCarter on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:59:51 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Every time I go back: (3+ / 0-)
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            MrSandman, Joan McCarter, Dodgerdog1

            I live in WA, only 15 miles but a world away in terms of state priorities.

            When I go back I am more and more depressed. Idaho is representative of a gullible group who has been manipulated into being the army of the elite and, already incredibly poor, getting more so every day.

            I was almost laughing about the fight to make kindergarten optional to save money in the already poorest funded public education system in the country.

            And, most depressing to me, is that - as demonstrated by the health care shenanigans - there is no hope that the conservatives will ever conclude "ok, our work is done here, this is exactly what we wanted" - instead, they are more likely to conclude, what can we get away with next?

            Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

            by 4CasandChlo on Wed May 15, 2013 at 03:10:46 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  This is a vote to go back home to say he voted to (2+ / 0-)
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            Joan McCarter, Dodgerdog1

            get rid of ObamaCare so he can keep his easy job.  Never mind voters who are out of work, his job is more important to him.  All the new congressmen need this vote to bring back home to their voters.  What a waste of time and we are paying for their political needs.

            Do not adjust your mind, there is a flaw in reality.

            by Shrew in Shrewsbury on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:05:01 PM PDT

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  •  the gop agenda for the next 3 1/2 years: (9+ / 0-)

    1) vote to repeal obamacare

    2) noun, verb, benghazi

    3) start again at 1

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Wed May 15, 2013 at 02:08:00 PM PDT

  •  Joan, why hasn't the story -- reported by the (2+ / 0-)
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    Dogs are fuzzy, Ginny in CO

    Washington Post -- revealing that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is struggling to find money to set up the Affordable Care Act received more attention on this site? Did I miss something?

    From the Washington Post:

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said.

    Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS to implement the president’s signature legislative accomplishment on what officials have described as a shoestring budget.
    --
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    As Peter Z. Scheer at Truthdig said:
    Conflicts of interest abound. How is the secretary supposed to regulate insurers if she depends on them for funding? Even if the money isn’t going to HHS, but the nonprofits helping to launch Obamacare, is she allowed to ask in the first place? According to The Washington Post, there are strict circumstances under which Cabinet secretaries can, as private citizens, fundraise for causes they champion. However it’s difficult to imagine such solicitations, if true (the Post report is based on an anonymous source), don’t cross some ethical boundary.
    How much trouble is the administration looking at in getting the ACA implemented?
  •  GOP rookies want cheap notch on their belt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Everybody needs a hobby, right? (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially if they're not planning on working.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:24:39 PM PDT

  •  Shouldn't they be filing impeachment charges (0+ / 0-)

    not voting to repeal Obamacare?

  •  Why wouldn't they keep on trying? (0+ / 0-)

    History has shown that if they fight against President Obama hard enough he eventually gives up out of fear of a prolonged, bloody political battle. If you have a weak opponent on the ropes why let up?

    "If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." - Henry David Thoreau

    by Jason Hackman on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:35:19 PM PDT

  •  37!!!?????? (0+ / 0-)

    Kevin Smith mode off

    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:35:33 PM PDT

  •  They don't care what impression they're making (0+ / 0-)

    Can anyone look at what they're doing and not think of them as screaming toddlers?

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:43:30 PM PDT

    •  So mirroring their base, right? (0+ / 0-)

      Srsly, they figure - with lots of historical support - that the midterm will be a low turnout election, won by the side that shows up, the majority that usually shows up being their present base (old folks and crazies).

  •  Don't knock it. (2+ / 0-)
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    Bourbaki, Joan McCarter

    If they get to 50, each member gets a free latte at Starbucks.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:48:47 PM PDT

  •  It really pisses me off that I have to spend so (0+ / 0-)

    time defending what I consider to be a worthless law. I bet many Dems in Congress feel the same way.

  •  Ah, 37 Repeal votes and the Dems have (0+ / 0-)

    finally come up with a bumper sticker slogan.  Go, Dems...

    ...Tell [your congressman] to stand up for middle class families here in California—and don't help the Republican Congress give insurance companies more control over your life."

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Wed May 15, 2013 at 04:49:37 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Boehner admitted... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr. Boehner admitted that the only reason he was holding another vote on the ACA was to give the new House members the ability to proclaim, while campaigning, that they, personally, had voted against it.  

    So, shouldn't the Republican Party, or at least the new members' campaign funds, be billed for the cost of running Congress for the hours it takes to have yet another vote that all acknowledge will go nowhere?  

    And, like all good catering halls, shouldn't there be a 10% or more mark-up for use of the facility?  When you rent a venue for a reception, for instance, you don't just pay for the cost of air conditioning, food, wait-staff, janitors, amortization of furniture costs and so on, you also pay a premium that goes directly to the venue's owner, as profit on the owner's investment.  

    It is time for Mr. Boehner and/or the Republicans to reimburse the taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars for using our Halls of Congress for their campaign events.  They owe us.  

    Or, on the other hand, since it is supposedly illegal for them to use their offices for fund-raising purposes, couldn't we just throw all of them in jail?  

  •  So, Mr. Boehner, where are those damn jobs?? (0+ / 0-)

    Every time he does this crap, this is my question.

    You want to vote on something that could be supported and is definitely, desperately needed? Make a jobs bill.

    Everything else doesn't matter.

  •  What next, repeal of Women's suffrage, the (0+ / 0-)

    Civil Rights Act, The Emancipation of slaves?  After all, the "didn't get the chance" to vote on any of that now did they?

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