Following their 50th attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the so-called party of fiscal conservatism have run up a bill to taxpayers that is continuing to climb.
Last March, House Republicans voted for the 50th time to repeal a part of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." Their latest attempt was focused on the individual mandate and passed the house with a 250-160 vote, strictly along partisan lines. Republicans know that their attempt will die a quick and quiet death in the Democratic controlled Senate, but they seem to be doing it to keep the negatives of "Obamacare" in the news as the 2014 midterm elections inch closer.
While Republicans continue to waste time playing politics, they are also wasting taxpayer money in the process. According to calculations by CBS News that were projected during repeal vote 33, the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has cost American taxpayers $72.5 million. Yes, that's million with a "m."
Republicans claim to be fiscally conservative, but like many other issues, they seem to just talk the talk and not walk the walk. Many self described conservatives went on the attack following President Obama's election in 2008 with cries of government spending, but the cry was much quieter during the eight years George W. Bush was in office and nearly a whisper when Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt during his two terms.
It shouldn't come as a surprise when you hear that either party is playing politics, that's what happened when our elected officials are handed so much power. But it is important to highlight the hypocrisy of the party that claims to be so fiscally conservative.