Thump. Thump. Thump. Rep. Kristi Noem continues to thunk her noggin against the wall of good sense. She will vote for the 37th time to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The vote will have no impact on anyone's well-being except for that of current House freshmen who haven't had a chance to shout "Aye!" for repeal.
But if Noem's vote did have a chance of overturning policy, it would be a vote to increase the national deficit:
Congressional budget analysts said Wednesday that repealing ObamaCare would increase the deficit by scrapping the law's taxes, fees and spending cuts.
The notice from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came ahead of Thursday's House vote on full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The CBO refused to provide a new cost estimate for repeal, saying there is too little time before the vote. But Director Doug Elmendorf pointed to an estimate from July 2012 that abolishing healthcare reform would raise the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years.
"Although [we] have not updated that estimate to reflect the most recent baseline projections, we anticipate a similar result were we to do so," Elmendorf wrote in a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) [Elise Viebeck, "CBO: Repealing Obama Health Care Law Will Increase Budget Deficit," The Hill: Floor Action Blog, 2013.05.15].
By the way, a big slowdown in the growth of health care costs is cutting the cost of the PPACA and reducing deficit projections by $618 billion through 2023.