Friday, January 21, 2011

House Republicans - #2577 - House Gets Life Support from Pitts, Smith - Family Research Council (2) 200 Economists Ask Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare - CNS News

Does anyone even notice that the Senate is out of session? In the time it's taken Sen. Harry Reid's chamber (D-Nev.) to hand out office numbers, the House has already steamrolled through the biggest agenda item of the year. While new senators sit in the Capitol basement like a scene out of Office Space, waiting for committee assignments--or any assignments--the House GOP is so fully operational that it's already voided the most expensive bill in U.S. history. Five working days is all it took for the new majority to capsize the President's wildly unpopular health care law. (A law that 65% of doctors think will "deteriorate" care, according to this week's Thompson-Reuters poll.) With the help of three Democrats, Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), and Mike Ross (Ark.), the ObamaCare repeal cruised through the House (245-189) with more support than the bill ever had to create it. Of course, liberals are saying Wednesday's vote was "symbolic." But, as the Wall Street Journal makes clear, "that is not the same thing as meaningless. The stunning political reality is that a new entitlement that was supposed to be a landmark of liberal governance has been repudiated by a majority of one chamber of Congress only 10 months after it passed. This sort of thing never happens."  Read more.......

200 Economists Ask Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare - CNS News - As the House prepares debate on the future of the $1 trillion health care overhaul enacted last year, 200 economists have asked members of Congress to repeal the act.  “To promote job growth and help to restore the federal government to fiscal balance, we, the undersigned, feel that it would be beneficial to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the economists said in a letter to Congress.  “Too many Americans remain unemployed and the United States faces a daunting budgetary outlook. We believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a threat to U.S. businesses and will place a crushing debt burden on future generations of Americans,” they wrote.  Read more......

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