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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ObamaCare Gains In Polls; GOP Ceases Frivolous Votes ($95 million)

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What does it cost to conduct a US House of Representatives (legislative) vote? It depends on who you ask, and recognizing there isn't an exact figure. If we cannot locate exact figures, we do the most logical, we find 'best guess' numbers.  A couple of cost estimates might shed light on the evasive and undocumented figure.

Miami CBS Local (May 2013)

Last year, CBS News calculated that the first 33 votes to repeal health care reform took up approximately 80 hours of floor time from the House, or roughly two weeks. The Congressional Research Service said it costs $24 million to run the House for a week, so the first 33 votes cost taxpayers approximately $48 million. 
The numbers translate to approximately $1.45 million per vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives. Adding in the three votes since CBS News’ report last year plus Thursday’s planned vote would add $5.8 million to the total. 
In other words, since 2011, the House of Representatives has spent approximately $53.8 million attempting to repeal health care reform.
Marketplace Dot Org  (July 2012)


It’s really hard to break down the cost of a vote in Congress. In fact, none of the congressional watchdog groups in Washington have done it. So we had to do our own, back-of-the envelope calculation. We figured out how much we spend per day on salaries and office costs for members of the House of Representatives and their staffs. The grand total? Almost $2 million every day. Are repeat, symbolic votes worth the cost? 
 About our math: We calculated the cost of a vote by totalling the annual salary of 435 House members. Then we added that to the total amount of annual allocations each House office receives. Finally, we divided that by 366 days in 2012 to determine the total cost per day. Click here to check our math.
If we accept and use the lower figure of $1.42 million per vote, now let's move to the unfathomable. 

The math is horrific and indicative of GOP governance as an legislative entity committed to repealing a law that provides life sustaining assistance to so many people.  The math: $1.42 million per vote x 67 votes = $95.14 million. Frivolous votes totaling almost $100 million, without any prospect of actually repealing the ACA, had to have been votes to placate the wishes of uber wealthy dark-money moguls who harbor contempt for the ACA.  

Liberaland& offers perspective on national healthcare not shared by the media. GOP members of Congress are actually incorporating aspects of the ACA into related legislation.

The reality the ACA and leadership for President Obama in proposing the law, again shines a very negative light on American conservatism and GOP members of Congress. Obtuse and lockstep resistance to the law is yet another indication of a party on the wrong side of federal governance and indifferent to millions who follow the politicians (and conservative media) down paths contrary to the greater good of the United States.

After 67 votes totaling $95 million against the US Federal Budget, GOP obstruction shows as even more fatuous when considered against developing public sentiment. Two years into the ACA, public polling is turn the corner with more increasing enrollment and aggregate support.

CBS News 
However, the point one difference is within the standard polling margin for error: 3 points. 

New poll shows Obamacaresupport at2-year high

The April health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the public is almost evenly split between favorable and unfavorable views of the Affordable Care Act as favorable views are on a slow but steady rise.
Malfeasances is malfeasance. Sixty-Seven frivolous ACA votes had no purpose beyond placating dark-money backers.

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