Health Care Repeal: Kill People Rather Than Jobs
The new Republican majority in the House had successfully crossed the first hurdle today by a vote of 236-181 to bring the repeal of the healthcare Bill to the floor for formal debate.
The house will debate the repeal next week for seven hours and there will be a final vote on Wednesday. The GOP’s current majority in the chamber also indicates that the motion, in all probability, will be passed even next Wednesday. However, there are not enough Republicans in the Senate and a Presidential veto threat has already formally been issued on Thursday.
This controversial health care reform measure has been signed into law by President Obama just last spring.
The concept of free state-run healthcare has been in Europe for generations. Their health care systems are so inclusive that even illegal immigrants are entitled to free treatment beyond just emergency care. President Obama’s call for health insurance for all in the USA was therefore to become a historical step in the progress of the nation. Instead, it has become the bone of contention as the Republicans argue that the health care law would cost jobs and increase budget deficits.
The Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf said that if the repeal takes place, about 32 million Americans would be uninsured in 2019 as a consequence. The repeal would also increase the deficit by $230 billion from 2012 to 2021, according to a ten year budget prediction. But the speaker of the House John Boehner just dismissed the report in favor of their own analysis.
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The department of Labor has also just reported that the US economy added 103,000 jobs last month, taking the jobless rate down to a 19-month low of 9.4 percent. Since making of this law in March 2010 the economy has also created approximately a total of 1.1 million new jobs in the private sector, one-fifth (200,000) of which are in the health care sector.