It was a battle of the senseless and futile gestures.
Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley called the Republican-driven ObamaCare repeal vote "a legislative stunt."
AP said Nevada’s Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might even prevent the repeal from getting to the Senate floor for debate and a vote.
For such a waste of time and effort, the White House sure wasted a lot of time and effort opposing the repeal.
The White House sent out via e-mail "Statement by the President on the Affordable Care Act," "Patient Groups: What They’re Saying About the Affordable Care Act," "Seniors Groups: What They’re Saying About the Affordable Care Act," and "Obama Administration Officials: What They’re Saying About the Affordable Care Act."
The White House also hosted a blog posting under the headline: "Repealing the Affordable Care Act will Hurt the Economy."
Obama quoted Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in "Audacity of Hope," saying, "You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts."
Well, everyone appears to have their own "facts." They can’t all be true. This was so noted in an R-J editorial today.
That White House blog, echoed by Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin, argues, "The law will lower the deficit by over $100 billion this decade and by over $1 trillion in the following decade." They cite the Congressional Budget Office calculations.
But two former CBO execs, writing online in The Wall Street Journal, dismisssed this, saying of the Affordable Care Act and the CBO numbers, "They might want to re-think their strategy. A close examination of CBO’s work and other evidence undercuts this budget-busting argument about repeal and leads to the exact opposite conclusion, which is that repeal is the logical first step toward restoring fiscal sanity."
The writers conclude, "The history of federal entitlements is one of inexorable growth. Once erected, more and more people get added to the programs. The ACA will be no different. Spending will soar, and the tax hikes and spending ‘offsets’ that were cobbled together to get the bill passed will either wither away or vanish altogether.
"Repeal isn’t a budget buster; keeping the ACA is. Assertions to the contrary are, well, audacious."
Who are you going to believe? Immutable history or promised changes in future outcomes?