So yesterday, House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - for the 56th time.
If there is a 57th attempt to debate and overturn the ACA, here’s what we should do: We should form a fund and get friends, neighbors, etc. to chip in a nickel for each minute that members of Congress waste “debating” what they’ve already “debated” 56 times. And we should spend the money on voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts.
Here’s how it could work:
Let’s estimate (based on prior “debates”) that Congress (and staffers) spend 450 minutes on “Debate” 57:
If I get 20 people to donate an average of 5 cents per minute, I raise: 450 minutes x 5 cents per minute per person x 20 people, or 225 dollars.
If 99 Seattleites do the same, we generate 22,500 dollars.
If 9 other cities in King County follow Seattle’s lead, we generate 225,000 dollars.
If 5 other counties in Washington State follow King County’s lead, we raise over one million dollars.
It just might be enough to ensure that in Washington, in 2016, pro-repeal electeds don’t get back into office, and pro-repeal candidates don’t get on the ballot.