(WASHINGTON) — When it comes to House Republican efforts to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law, it’s a case of, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — and then try some more.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has already voted 32 times this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and House Speaker John Boehner says another vote is expected Wednesday afternoon. The repeal measures have passed in the House but died in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.
House Democrats once again are voicing their opposition to GOP efforts, saying there are more pressing issues facing the country. During a procedural vote Tuesday, Democrat Louise Slaughter of New York said the repeal measure is nothing more than political theater.
Even though all previous 32 House measures have gone nowhere in the Senate, Speaker Boehner is optimistic about vote number 33, saying hope springs eternal.
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