Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sen. Burr's very, harrumph, serious proposal

We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!
Gov. W. J. Le Petomane
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Orrin Hatch and Tom Coburn want you to know that they've released a very serious proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The proposal isn't an actual bill--you know, the kind of document that could face actual scrutiny or be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. It's more of a proposal to develop a plan to develop a bill.

And the first section, which calls for the repeal of the ACA, harrumph, has a teensy weensy footnote that says that everything will be repealed "except the changes to Medicare." No sense getting that serious.

They also propose a "truly compassionate approach to Medicaid" that would eliminate the ACA's federal funding for many poor and near-poor working adults, cap federal funding at that reduced level (eliminating the matching of state expenditures that currently occurs), and restrict further increases to population growth, inflation, and an extra one percent.

Can I get another harrumph for the one percent growth?

The senators have also undertaken some very serious outreach to the rest of their extremist party by signing up ZERO House or Tea-party members.

So, let me offer a modest suggestion for Sen. Burr and his colleagues. Write an actual bill; pass it in the House; and bring that to the President and Senate Democrats to discuss.

Seriously. Harrumph!