Health Care

Morning Roundup: “Stop Us if You’ve Heard This One Before” Edition

A look at the morning news highlights what we’ve been saying all along: Republicans spent yet another week on a political show vote to take away health care benefits and patient protections – wasting taxpayer dollars and time that could have been spent on growing the economy and putting Americans back to work.

Roll Call: Stop Us if You’ve Heard This One Before

“…although the vote might have political implications for some Members, the process seemed like a drag to others.”

“Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) woke up at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday knowing full well the vote to repeal ‘Obamacare’ was destined to die in the Senate. ‘The thing that I don’t like about this job is you necessarily have to do some things for primarily political reasons,’ he said in an interview in the Longworth House Office Building. ‘Let’s don’t kid ourselves or be naive about it. If something’s not going to become the law and you vote on it anyway, then you have to have a motive other than good legislating.’

CBS News: Republicans have spent a total of 80 hours – or two full work weeks – trying to repeal 'Obamacare’ …Anchor Scott Pelley says that works out to just under $50 million, based on the costs to operate the House.

Politico: Still no GOP plan to 'replace'

Even as they cheer their 'Obamacare' repeal vote, here's a reality check: House Republicans have done next to nothing they promised they would when it comes to health care.”

Washington Post: House Again Votes to Repeal Health-Care Law, a Now-Familiar Symbolic Gesture

“The Republican-led House voted Wednesday to repeal President Obama’s health-care law, a symbolic gesture meant to highlight the GOP’s commitment to ending it despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it is constitutional.”

“It was the 33rd time that Republicans have moved to repeal all or parts of the legislation since the party took control of the House in January 2011.”

National Journal: House Votes to Repeal Health Care Reform Law—Again

“The election-year maneuver, which repeats a vote already taken, serves to underscore GOP anger over the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement.”

“The Democratic-led Senate will very likely ignore this version of the full repeal bill--just as it did last year’s version. Taken at its most meaningful, then, this latest vote was not so much a do-over as an emphatic messaging effort by Republicans to show the party’s conservative base they remain committed to undoing the Affordable Care Act.”

NY Times: Repeal of Health Care Law Approved, Again, by House

“It has no chance of approval in the Senate and would face a veto from Mr. Obama if it ever got to him.”

“The House has voted more than 30 times to repeal part or all of the 2010 law or to choke off money needed for various provisions, including coverage of more than 30 million uninsured people.”