In a party line vote of 245 to 180, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Although the measure will not go any further, the vote provided an opportunity for Republicans to thumb their noses at President Obama and keep a promise to the GOP base.
But according to Rep. Karen Bass (D-California), it also was a sign of insanity, which is defined by performing the same action multiple times and expecting a different result.
"So, today’s decision by House Republicans to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 33rd time, even after the Supreme Court defended its constitutionality, cannot be described with any word other than insane," she said after the vote.
Most Democratic lawmakers agree, however, that the onus is now on them and the White House to do a far better job of messaging to win support for the still-lightning rod bill among the American public who continue to be divided on it.
"I'm so happy that the president is not shying away from defending the Affordable Care Act," said Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. "I really do believe that if he continues to pound on the good things that this act does and pounce on the moral side of this, that we have people literally dying because they don't have health care," more Americans will come around.
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