Sunday, May 5, 2013

Republicans Plan 37th Obamacare Repeal Vote

This must be the Republicans' version of doing the people's business. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) announced that, once again, the GOP will soon vote on repealing Obamacare. What happened to their supposed emphasis on jobs? Instead, they're conducting more wasteful political theater to excite their base–and give their freshmen the chance to take part in this futile ritual:

House Republicans are planning what is likely to be the 37th symbolic vote to repeal Obamacare, according to a memo sent out to House Republicans Friday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

"While we have not locked in the timing, I expect that the House will vote on full repeal of ObamaCare in the near future," Cantor said in the memo.

The House voted 36 times to repeal Obamacare in 2011 and 2012, according to TPM. None of the measures passed the Democratic-controlled Senate, let alone reached the president for his signature.

In April at the Heritage Foundation, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) explained the rationale for holding a repeal vote again. "If you're a freshman, the guys who've been up here the last year -- we can go home and say, 'Listen, we voted 36 different times to repeal or replace Obamacare.' -- tell me what the new guys are supposed to say," he said. "We haven't had a repeal or replace vote this year."

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