I was just perusing Kristi Noem’s page on OpenCongress.org and I came across one of the first bills our freshman representative co-sponsored. H.R. 2 is the oft promised attempt by the GOP to repeal Obamacare and the fact that the newly christened GOP controlled House has chosen to make this a priority early into this session is no surprise nor is the fact that Noem is a co-sponsor. What caught my eye though was the name of the bill.
1/5/2011–Introduced.Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act – Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act. Repeals the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of the Act’s enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by the Act’s health care provisions.
As things stand now, this bill will likely not get farther than the House so it is a moot point but that still doesn’t address the little problem of their logic being a bit in question. You see, their own quoted sources, the CBO and NFIB, actually could be used to show a net increase of as many as 240,000 jobs. (GOP interpretation from CBO pulled directly out of their a** -650,000, NFIB Healthcare related jobs created +890,000)
Certainly both sides can spit out their own numbers until the cows come home, but is job killer really the best they could do? How about “H.R.2 – Repealing the evil Liberal plan to secularize America”? Or maybe “H.R.2 – Repealing the Socialist’s plot to overthrow our way of life”? After all let’s not let the facts get in the way some some good old fashioned fear mongering.