Okay. The House of Representatives has repealed the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance reform law that is increasing in popularity even as I write.
Southwest Missouri Republican Ozark Billy voted for repeal. In fact, he made his first speech on the floor of the house and he was true to form. From the Springfield News-Leader:
In his 61-second speech, the Springfield Republican called the recently enacted health care law “a big block of cheese,” saying that people he’s talked to don’t want that cheese; they “want out of the trap of government-run health care.”
Now, I don’t know if he was referencing Andrew Jackson’s famous “1,400 pound, four foot in diameter, two foot thick block of cheese” that he received as a gift. But I do know that it doesn’t surprise anyone that Ozark Billy had food on his mind.
And by the way, Long told a good old Ozarkian fib when he called health care reform, “government-run health care.” Would to God it were, but unfortunately it is merely a refinement of our employer-based, for-profit, private in$urance industry.
So far, Ozark Billy’s first speech brought us a “Billyism” and a falsehood.
The News-Leader also reported that our folksy congressman uttered the following in his floor speech:
You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but that’s exactly what the majority tried to do last year by using 10 years of taxes to pay for a six-year program.
It’s never been fully explained to me why anyone would think you could make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear, but it has been explained to me that the second half of Ozark Billy’s goofy statement is false.
Perhaps he cribbed it from Eric Cantor, who claimed a few weeks ago that the law, “offset 6 years of benefits with 10 years of tax increases,” which itself was rated a very generous “half true” from renowned fact-checker Politifact. But Long’s construction—”a six-year program”—is patently false. Notwithstanding the vote in the House, the program will be around a lot longer than six years. Unless Republicans agree to a single-payer system or something.
So, Ozark Billy’s first speech brought us two Billyisms and two falsehoods. Not a bad start and not bad for 61 seconds.
The News-Leader also quoted something our congressman said after his vote:
“…I felt that I needed to go down and weigh in,” he said.
I don’t recommend that Ozark Billy. Especially after that big block of cheese thing.
Speaking of a big block of cheese, eastern Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren also voted for repeal. Wikipedia says this about Mr. Boren:
He is a member of the Democratic Party.
In 2009, Congressman Boren, an NRA board member, told a gathering of the gun enthusiasts the following:
It might surprise you that I am a Democrat.
Nope. What surprises me is that Mr. Boren continues to claim he is a Democrat, despite little supporting evidence.
As a public service, I thought I would provide part of Mr. Boren’s explanation for his vote yesterday:
..a clear majority of my constituents want this law repealed and replaced with a more workable solution. It is in that spirit that I supported a full repeal.
I could find no poll that demonstrated Mr. Boren’s claim that a “clear majority” of his constituents supported repeal. I did find the most recent statewide poll, which showed that only 37% favored repealing the entire law. Perhaps eastern Oklahoma is different from the rest of the state, but I doubt it.
In any case, Congressman Boren stated that not only did his constituents want to repeal the law, they wanted it “replaced with a more workable solution.” Indeed, Republicans campaigned last season partly on the promise to “repeal and replace.”
As a tribute to the Republican victory today, I will perform another public service and provide my faithful readers with a comprehensive presentation of just exactly what the Republicans have proposed to replace the law that Mr. Boren and Ozark Billy voted to repeal. I will even put it in a handy box, so you won’t miss it: