The Republican Party has voted to repeal Obamacare in the House about 48 times. Conservative groups challenged Obamacare in the Supreme Court. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate (and everyone who tried to be the Republican Party nominee) made it clear that, if elected, he would defund Obamacare. And yet, Obamacare stands.
Still, the Republican Party fights Obamacare at every turn, but Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has had enough:
“We lost a policy fight [over entitlement programs during the George W. Bush years], and what did we do? We went back to our districts, and we told our seniors, although we voted ‘no,’ we personally believe, and will work with the Bush Administration to make it work.”
Pascrell stands up and points, like he’s chiding a bunch of misbehaving children. “How many of you stood up to do that [once Obamacare passed]? None! Zero! Zero!”
A Republican Congressman, Tim Griffin (R-AR) interjects, making the point that Obamacare vs. no health plan is a false choice. The context for Pascrell’s response is that first paragraph.
“Are you serious? Are you serious what you just said? Are you really serious? After what we’ve gone through and what we’ve gone through in the last three and a half years? Have you — you can sit there and say, that you had a legitimate alternative after these years?”
That’s honestly one of these better Congress comebacks we’ve heard in a while, especially because it reminds of the moment in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when Roger casually slips out of the handcuffs that had held him to Detective Eddie Valiant through a death-defying scene.
EDDIE: You mean you could have slipped out of those handcuffs at any time!?”
ROGER: Not just any time, only when it was funny.
The laugh track doesn’t go off any more for the Republican Party when they say “repeal Obamacare” or “defund Obamacare.” To get the reaction they want, now they have to actually offer alternatives. That’s three years and about ten legislative battles too late.
Also, it’s nice to see that Congress is just like any bickering family with rules of decorum that force them to refer to each other as “the gentleman.”