House Republicans shed crocodile tears about the deficit in the same breath they cast votes for legislation like the Ryan budget plan, which asks the poor to pay for deficit reduction. The Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it, guts low-income programs and gives millionaires another tax cut they don’t need.
As much as the GOP claims they are the party willing to tackle the deficit (mainly by gutting federal programs), the House Republicans voted 33 times to increase the deficit. That’s right: 33.
Each time the House GOP voted to overturn the Affordable Care Act, they wholeheartedly approved increasing the deficit.
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a repeal of the health care law would increase the deficit by $109 billion from 2013 to 2022.
On top of increasing the deficit, these pandering votes have cost the taxpayers time and money. A Huffington Post article reports:
CBS' Nancy Cordes reported Wednesday that Republicans' many fruitless attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act have taken up at least 80 hours of time on the House floor since 2010, amounting to two full work weeks. As the House, according to the Congressional Research Service, costs taxpayers $24 million a week to operate, those two weeks amounted to a total cost of approximately $48 million.
House Republicans seem much more interested in tax break handouts for millionaires and billionaires while repealing a law that will improve access to health care for millions of Americans.