"Send in the Clowns" should have been playing when Republicans entered the U.S. House of Representatives chamber to vote on repealing the Affordable Health Care Act.
They claim they want to repeal and replace the legislation; however, they have no meaningful replacement legislation planned. They acted like clowns in a one-ring circus trying to appease the radicals of their party. If they were serious about improving the law of the country, they would have offered amendments to the current law. They did not, and they never considered doing so.
Or Republicans would have developed a meaningful replacement that would repeal the current law at the time the new legislation was passed. They did not because meaningful comprehensive health care reform was never on their agenda.
One of every six U.S. citizens (about 50 million) is without health care coverage, according to the Census Bureau. That national embarrassment will be eliminated when all of the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act are implemented.
Republican legislators know very well that if the legislation is repealed it will be 20 or more years before it would be seriously considered again. They are firm believers in the principle: "I got mine, I don't care about anyone else, and I want more." You can rest assured that if they achieve their goal of repealing health care reform, than Medicare and Social Security will be next on the chopping block.
Tony Amadeo Sun City Hilton Head