In a mostly ‘symbolic’ gesture (i.e., the kind that uses the middle finger), the Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Health Care law passed late last year. The GOP arguments that the law will increase the budget deficit are just wrong (and based on inaccurate claims on their part), and their assertion that the law will reduce employment is also false, as Factcheck.org shows.
The GOP is representing insurance companies, which are afraid their profits will be reduced if they cannot exclude children with pre-existing conditions.
Although Alan Grayson is unfortunately no longer in the House, he explained best what this was all about:
“The Republicans’ health care plan for America: “Don’t get sick.” That’s right — don’t get sick. If you have insurance, don’t get sick; if you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick; if you’re sick, don’t get sick — just don’t get sick! That’s what the Republicans have in mind for you, America. That’s the Republicans’ health care plan. But I think that the Republicans understand that that plan isn’t always going to work — it’s not a foolproof plan. So the Republicans have a backup plan, in case you do get sick. If you get sick in America, this is what the Republicans want you to do. If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: “Die quickly.” That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.”