This week, the House of Representatives will be holding one or more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If this sounds familiar, let me assure you it’s not déjà vu. In the past 18 months, the House of Representatives has already held over 30 votes to repeal or defund part or all of healthcare reform.
What happened? Most of those votes were successful in the House, but none of them stood a remote chance of passing the Senate. None of these bills stood a chance of being signed into law by President Obama, either. They were purely for show – as is this one.
Votes like these are exactly why Americans are so frustrated with Congress. Instead of tackling the real, urgent need to create good jobs and keep our economic recovery moving forward, the House will waste days on still more votes that will be equally meaningless.
Let’s stop kidding around.
(For more, read "GOP To Make 31st Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Act" by Tamara Keith on NPR.com)
We all know this bill has no chance of success, no matter how you vote. The House has already voted THIRTY TIMES to repeal or defund part or all of the Affordable Care Act. None of those previous bills had a chance in the Senate. Neither does this one. None of those previous bills had a chance of being signed by the President. Neither does this one. At a time when we are still recovering from the greatest loss of jobs in decades and when people are crying out for leadership from our elected officials to move the country forward, you are about to waste an entire week doing something you have already done 30 previous times this session – hold yet another vote on health care that’s purely for show.
Enough is enough. We urge you to cease having sham votes on a health care and get to work on the number one issue on the minds of voters across the country: Do YOUR job by creating the jobs we so desperately need.