New York Times: House Republicans Continue To Waste More Time With 37th Vote to Repeal The Affordable Care Act

We just had to share the New York Times’ pretty brutal assessment of the amount of time House Republicans have wasted in vain attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take away patient protections from millions of Americans. Some low lights:

The 37th time won’t be the charm. But House Republicans are charging forward anyway this week on a vote to repeal President Obama’s signature health care overhaul, which will put the number of times they have tried to eliminate, defund or curtail the law past the three-dozen mark.”

Three dozen is a lot for a bill that currently has no prayer of becoming law. But the figure 37 actually understates the amount of time Republicans have devoted to litigating and trying to dismantle the president’s biggest legislative accomplishment.”

“The repeal vote, which is likely to occur Thursday, will be at least the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to voting on the issue. To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011.”

That means that since 2011, Republicans have spent no less than 15 percent of their time on the House floor on repeal in some way.

“By one measure, this House is the least productive one in a decade. As of Tuesday, it had cast just 146 roll-call votes since convening on Jan. 3. Compared with the same period in other Congresses — early January through mid-May of the first session — that is far lower.”

Talk about “Do Nothing GOP.”