If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And if you’re a House Republican, be sure to repeat that process another 40 times. That’s what we learned Thursday as the House Republicans took their 41st anti-Obamacare vote.
Largely along party lines, the House passed a bill that would stop subsidies from going to people buying health insurance under the exchanges set to open next month, unless the Obama administration enacts a new verification system beyond the one that’s already in place.
With no chance of passage in the Senate nor signature by the president, the vote was a case of legislative futility. Many Democrats took to the House floor before the vote was held to call out their colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
“Here you go again! Repeal effort number 41,” Rep. G.K. Butterfield said.
“I rise today to ask the incredulous question of how many times do we have to say no and how many times do the American people have to say ‘take your hands off my good Affordable Care Act,’” Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee said.
“Here we go again! Time in the house is being wasted. The business of the nation is being obfuscated. The Republicans have more nonsense to put on the floor,” Rep. John Dingell said. “We’re told that this is important. That’s baloney.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky echoed those sentiments on PoliticsNation Thursday, but also explained why she thinks the Republicans continue to attack the Affordable Care Act.
“They understand that if Obamacare goes into effect and people can begin enrolling on October 1st, and see that they can get lower cost health care, 129 million people with pre-existing conditions can actually get coverage,” she said. “That it will be impossible to do anything about it, because people are going to like it. They’re going to find out what it does for them.”
Watch the interview with Rep. Schakowsky in its entirety below.