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L.A. Times Calls ObamaCare Repeal Bill a “Resolution”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:25 am

Today’s L.A. Times calls the bill to repeal ObamaCare a mere “resolution”:

House GOP passes resolution to repeal healthcare law

House Republicans passed a largely symbolic resolution Wednesday to repeal the nation’s new healthcare law, fulfilling a top campaign promise and setting the stage for a renewed battle in the Senate.


Not so.  It is a bill. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, it would repeal ObamaCare.

Don’t believe me? Read it yourself, here (.pdf).

Does nobody at this newspaper understand the difference between a resolution and a bill???

Basic competence, please.

Thanks to Adam B.

21 Responses to “L.A. Times Calls ObamaCare Repeal Bill a “Resolution””

  1. I’m not sure that this isn’t a deliberate oversight on their part – if words have meaning, resolution sounds a lot less permanent than bill, doesn’t it?

    Dmac (498ece)

  2. The wish was father to the thought. Look at the comments on Karl Rove’s column on this at the WSJ. The Democrats are in full panic mode. This bill is already more hated than Sarah Palin by the lefties.

    Mike K (8f3f19)

  3. They can be counted on to support their ideology. Truth plays no part in their reporting the supposed news.

    PatAZ (29affb)

  4. I’m to the point of suspecting that they don’t know the difference between a resolution and a bill. But they sure “know” Teh Narrative!

    Simon Jester (d334a8)

  5. I think it’s pretty obvious the GOP has the Senate in her sights in 2012, at least some shot at the WH in 2012, and this bill shows just how quick it could be to undo the ‘gain’ the democrats paid for.

    Pelosi has said all this political cost to her party was worth it, to ram through unpopular measures. The reason democrats are panicking is because they just realized unpopular measures can be undone. If that happens, it will be the most major political mistake in a very long time.

    The House has a lot more power than we’ve seen with this one bill passing, and the democrats are not going to enjoy the next year very much. Elections have consequences. They shouldn’t have rammed their ‘reform’ through.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  6. They’re saying that Team R is dicking around with symbolic acts while millions of Americans are unemployed. This while President Barack Obama has ably secured the services of five (5) panda bears.

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  7. Excuse me. President Barack Obama has ably secured the services of two (2) panda bears.

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  8. oh. Mr. P used that joke in the last post I should’ve read backerds

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  9. I just noticed that the Times’ story from 1/19 did refer to it as a “bill”:,0,201238.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fpolitics+%28L.A.+Times+-+Politics%29

    and the two authors of today’s story that called it a “resolution” were listed as being contributors to the 1/19 story. So there’s very little excuse here. I think there was a deliberate attempt to downplay the House action (consider also that they didn’t put today’s story in the front section and that they were careful to call it “largely symbolic” right up front).

    Adam B (26a1e3)

  10. To be fair, the bill Congress passed will be about as EFFECTIVE as a resolution, since it will never actually BECOME law…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  11. Methinks the L.A. Times has become largely symbolic of the current crop of partisan ‘journalism’.

    Icy Texan (1ddadb)

  12. Scott, you’re right. From a strictly partisan POV, I think the GOP might even be glad they get to keep this issue alive for 2012. Seniors will again turn out for the GOP, we’ll hopefully far better in Senate elections, and then our efforts will have more power.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. @Dustin

    Don’t forget that the Dems have more than double the Senate seats up in 2012. Very likely that Republicans can take the Senate, and if they can hold the House, it will be very interesting indeed.

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)


    The actual title of the bill is above. It’s actually wrong, because the bill repealed all of the 2010 act, not just some provisions.

    Jim (87e69d)

  15. Basic competence, please.

    dude, they can’t even get the paper to your house on the regularly scheduled basis if you sign up for the part week subscription, nor can they keep the billing straight.

    given the demonstrated inability to perform the most basic of services competently, how would you possibly expect them to perform higher level tasks that require cognitive thought?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  16. Could it be as simple as they have fired the experienced reporters and replaced them with staffers to young to have seen Schoolhouse Rocks?

    carlitos (a3d259)

  17. btw, this repeal vote might be more significant than you think. it just might convince the courts that they have the moral cover to repeal this ugly thing.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  18. This is basic civics. The difference between a resolution and a bill is not just a game of semantics, it is a fundamental issue of how the Federal government works.

    Utter incompetence. How do LAT reporters feed themselves unassisted?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  19. What? The LAT ignores the truth and just makes stuff up to fit a liberal political agenda?

    Like the front page story of January 14th which claimed the first Federal gun control law was the Gun Control Act of 1968?


    Brad (28313e)

  20. I really hate those guys.

    Arizona Bob (e8af2b)

  21. There is stupid and there is studied ignorance,this i think is the latter.Obama has talked of “relitigating” the last year. i thought the health care bill was legislated even if it involved bribes and fraud. Now it is in court being litigated but i have no legal training and he is clean and articulate so i must be wrong.

    dunce (b89258)

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