(WASHINGTON) — Thirty-five times up, 35 times down.
That’s how often Capitol Hill Republicans have tried to quash funding for the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of President Obama’s first term, but have failed to do so.
The latest attempt to overturn what the GOP derisively call “Obamacare” came Wednesday as Senate Republicans proposed an amendment to defund the law that was attached to a bill intended to avert a possible government shutdown.
However, with Democrats in control of the Senate, the amendment proposed by Texas Republican Ted Cruz, a Tea Party darling, was defeated by a 52 to 42 vote.
Nonetheless, Republicans signaled they would not give up the fight to overhaul or eradicate the healthcare law deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remarked, “There’s no way to fix this thing. It needs to be pulled out by its roots.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, a major proponent of the legislation, dismissed the latest GOP move, saying, “The American people basically have said, ‘it’s time to move on.'”
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