REUTERS — House Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the week of July 9. The move comes following the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Act. Boehner also plans to urge Congress “to replace Obamacare by boldly renaming all United States post offices by the end of 2014.”
“The Supreme Court has spoken, and we must respect its decision,” said Boehner in remarks to reporters outside the Capitol. “It’s now more important than ever for the legislative branch to repeal the president’s job-killing socialist power grab and put people back to work rearranging the letters on brick buildings. America’s doctors, patients, and mailmen deserve nothing less.”
It’s unclear how renaming 187,000 post offices will address critical issues of cost and accessibility in the nation’s health care system. Howie Feltersnatch, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says Republicans are “floundering.”
“Obamacare was invented by conservatives,” says Feltersnatch. “The individual mandate and the insurance exchanges were designed to blend personal responsibility with free market competition to solve a problem. When Republicans decided to call their own health care plan ‘socialism’, ludicrous travesties like Boehner’s post office scheme became inevitable.”
Feltersnatch doesn’t see the current crop of Congressional Republicans coming up with any new ideas.
“Let’s face it, most of these people aren’t too bright,” he says. “I mean, don’t hold your breath waiting for Louie Gohmert to say something intelligent. It’s not happening.”