State legislators in Wyoming are attempting to make it a felony to implement President Obama’s health care reform. Ten congressmen and three senators have co-sponsored "The Health Care Choice and Protection Act,” which would make it a crime to enforce the national reforms, punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or two years in prison.
This is not going to happen, of course, as health care reform is the fair-and-square law of the land. But it’s just the latest of many GOP attempts to stymie the landmark health care legislation that’s become one of the main hallmarks of Obama’s time in office. You’ll remember that the Republicans’ “Pledge to America” promised to dismantle health care reform as quickly as possible, and many Republican candidates campaigned on their desire to scrap the law.
What all this caterwauling about health care seems to ignore, of course, is that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has time and again endorsed health reform as a money saver. Most recently, it said that repealing health care reform would drastically increase the deficit.
The GOP’s response? Not backing off health care reform, but instead attacking the CBO:
The Congressional Budget Office should be replaced because it is "garbage in, garbage out," Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) said Friday.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee—who looks to be running for president in 2010—has also said that he doesn’t trust the CBO’s figures, calling them “accounting schemes.”
The vote on whether to repeal health care will take place in the House next week.