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The first republican attempt to repeal health care reform failed in the Senate by a vote of 47-51. It has to have the most inane title for an amendment ever concocted by posturing republicans:

Question:  On the Motion (Motion to Waive All Applicable Budgetary Discipline Re: McConnell Amdt. No. 13 )

Vote Number: 9 Vote Date: February 2, 2011, 06:05 PM

Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Motion Rejected

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 13 to S. 223 (FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act)

Statement of Purpose: To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Vote Counts: YEAs 47

NAYs 51

Not Voting 2

Blunt (R-MO), Yea  

McCaskill (D-MO), Nay

[emphasis added]

The amendment:

SA 13. Mr. McCONNELL proposed an amendment to the bill S. 223, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; as follows:

   At the appropriate place, insert the following:

TITLE __–REPEAL OF JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW

  SEC. X01. SHORT TITLE.

   This title may be cited as the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”.

  SEC. X02. REPEAL OF THE JOB-KILLING HEALTH CARE LAW AND HEALTH CARE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2010.

   (a) Job-Killing Health Care Law.–Effective as of the enactment of Public Law 111-148, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

   (b) Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.–Effective as of the enactment of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), title I and subtitle B of title II of such Act are repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such title or subtitle, respectively, are restored or revived as if such title and subtitle had not been enacted.

  SEC. X03. BUDGETARY EFFECTS OF THIS TITLE.

   The budgetary effects of this title, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled “Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation” for this title, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the House of Representatives, as long as such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage of this title.

So, Roy Blunt (r-lobbyists) voted to reinstate rescission, to reinstate restrictions on pre-existing conditions, to throw college students off their parent’s health insurance, to continue the lack of insurance for tens of millions of Americans, and to add several hundred billion dollars to the national debt (according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office), among many other things.

Of course the party of “No” has nothing in the wings to address those problems.

Thanks for that nothing.