House Republicans made their 37th attempt to repeal Obamacare last Thursday and for the 37th straight time failed. Actually it passed the Republican-controlled House but it is DOA at the Democrat-controlled Senate, and everyone knew that. So why try?
Republicans make no secret that it’s easier to keep up these meaningless votes that risk passing legislation that President Obama might claim as an achievement, even if they get to share the credit.
It’s also a feel-good gesture for House Republicans so they can whip up support — and contributions — from the insurance companies and the tea baggers — without really doing anything.
The 229-195 vote was largely along party lines. All 21 Jewish Democrats voted against repeal, while the only Jewish Republican, Eric Cantor of Virginia, voted in favor.
When the White House tweeted a three-word response to the House vote — “It’s. The. Law.” — Speaker John Boehner, who had engineered the latest vote, took umbrage. He tweeted back, “Arrogance of power,” and Rep. John Fleming (R-Louisiana) accused the administration of “intimidation” for having the chutzpah to remind the House Republicans that the Affordable Care Act has been federal law since March 23, 2010. As if there were no arrogance or abuse of power in calling 37 futile re-votes.
As Michelle Cottle of The Daily Beast scored it, “Obamacare 37, Republicans 0.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) said Republicans “shamefully wasted the time and money” on these repeated votes in view of the “need to stop wasting the American people’s time and start focusing on the economy, creating good jobs and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”