Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 16, 2013
House Republicans voted for the 37th time to repeal President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, Thursday evening.
The vote to repeal passed along party lines, 229-195. All Republicans present voted for the repeal, along with two Blue Dog Democrats – Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.). Ten members of Congress did not vote Thursday evening.
Obama had previously announced that he would veto any attempt to repeal the law that comes across his desk.
In a speech on the floor of the House before the vote, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who sponsored the bill, compared the looming implementation of Obamacare to the iceberg that sunk the Titanic, saying, “We have time to turn!”
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) also called Obamacare a cancer on America that has metastasized. “It’s a malignant tumor, it must be ripped out by the roots and completely repealed,” he continued.
Other Republicans pointed that retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) admitted recently that Obamacare is a “huge train wreck.”
Thursday also marked the first opportunity for former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to cast a vote on a bill in Congress in more than a decade. Sanford was sworn into office Wednesday night to replace now-Sen. Tim Scott after defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch last Tuesday.
Democrats, naturally, weren’t thrilled to be casting another vote to repeal the bill.
“It’s just not clear to me why we are wasting the time and treasure of the American people on another futile legislative fantasy,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said on the House floor Thursday morning. “In fact, it’s a legislative fantasy that’s cost the American people more than $50 million. And if in fact the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed it would do even more damage.”
“It’s often been said that the classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, but somehow expecting a different result,” he added.
Erin Brown, Kelsey Osterman and Meghan Keenan also contributed.