The Republicans in the House of Representatives unanimously followed through with their pledge to their Tea Party base to “repeal” President Obama’s signature accomplishment of his first two years in office, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), yesterday. Of course, all their efforts to return us to a status quo that prevented people from getting health insurance coverage if they had a “pre-existing condition”, kicked children off their parent’s insurance well before age 26, and allowed insurance companies to use more of the premiums received for overhead and other non-health care-related expenditures (among other things) will ultimately amount to nothing but a huge waste of time and taxpayer money since the bill is effectively DOA in the US Senate to say nothing of it ever even crossing the threshold of the Oval Office. I’d almost think that it would be a good idea for Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) to hold a quick and dirty “up or down” vote on the bill in the Senate so as to deprive the Republicans from a talking point that they’re almost certainly going to use in 2012 to attempt to recapture the Senate and/or White House. However, considering that there’s no ghost of a chance of President Obama ever signing a bill repealing his signature accomplishment nor the House and/or the Senate being able to successfully override a certain Presidential veto, I see no good reason for this bill to distract our members of Congress any further, certainly not when there’s more pressing concerns for Congress to address like, say, jobs. If the Republicans really are on the right side of this issue, then I guess they can make their case to the electorate and let the chips fall where they may. Hopefully, however, President Obama and the Democrats whom voted for the PPACA last year will be able to continue its implementation and fix and expand it even further, which is what I believe the Republican’s real fear about its continued existence is really all about. Despite the current low favorability of the PPACA as it stands right now, I don’t believe that most people really want to go back to the way things were before and I would point out that a significant number actually want to see PPACA expanded. Only time will tell which side is right but Republicans were on the wrong side of history in regards to cherished government programs such as Social Security, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they were wrong about health care reform as well. The question that I have for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and all of the other Republicans whom spearheaded yesterday’s vote is, now that this Tea Party-inspired “symbolic” vote against PPACA has been held, where are the jobs you promised us last year?