Today, the house again voted to defund or eliminate portions of the Affordable Care Act. Since January 2011, when the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives, more than 30 bills have been introduced to repeal portions of the health care overhaul, despite the unlikelihood of passage. In January 2011, it was the ‘Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act’, In May 2011, H.R 1213 was voted on, which would have repealed mandatory funding provided to state governments to establish health benefits exchanges.
In December 2011, it was the the ‘Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011’ which would have cut funding to the public health prevention fund. Despite the failed attempts, Republicans vow to keep fighting the bill.
When does all this repeal rhetoric become detrimental to the GOP?
Tamara Keith, NPR’s congressional reporter
Sarah Kliff, Health policy reporter for the Washington Post and blogs at Wonkblog