The Republican Party’s maniacal obsession with repealing, revoking, or rescinding any trace of the healthcare legislation the Obama Administration and the Democrats passed into law almost a year ago has already marred their tenure as the majority party in the House of Representatives, drenching them in the scent of hopeless failure from Day One of the first session of the 112th Congress.
With GOP leaders chasing after the Tea Party, “That’s going to be the dog that catches the car. And the Democrats are going to have an enjoyable couple of years watching that dog deal with the car it’s caught.”
Former Rep. Bob Inglis, (R) S.C.
“Too Sane For Congress” Mother Jones
I’ve spied dogs chasing cars, but I’ve never seen any of them catch one. Not unless you count the numerous times I’ve watched a cartoon dog crash into the back of a cartoon car that stops abruptly. So Bob Inglis, who lost his seat last fall to a surge of Tea Party activism in his district in South Carolina, definitely has a point when it comes to the future of the GOP.
While the Republicans are putting on a show for the cameras, attempting to manufacture the kind of controversy our journalist corps swears is just as good as reporting actual hard news, there are several real changes to the delivery of healthcare in this country that became law on Saturday, January 1st, 2011.
Then again, maybe I ought to wish John Boehner and his fellow GOPers good luck…
…because if they can pull off a repeal of the healthcare law, our continually rising healthcare costs will put them even more behind the eight ball, effectively sealing the deal for putting a simpler, more affordable, more efficient single payer system in place.