On Wednesday, the House will vote for the 31st time to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) defended the repeal vote on CNN’s Starting Point, arguing that it is more than “political theater,” and that she wishes they could vote to get rid of Obamacare every day:
RICHARD SOCARIDES (CO-PANELIST): You’ve voted [to repeal] 30 times already this year!
BLACKBURN: And we’re going to do it again. We’re going to do it again. We’re going to do it again.
SOCARIDES: How many times?
BLACKBURN: I wish we’d go do it every single day. It is a terrible piece of legislation.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if Republicans eliminated Obamacare in its entirety, more than 30 million Americans would go without coverage, “people would end up paying more for health insurance,” “the average insurance policy in this market would cover a smaller share of enrollees’ costs,” “premiums for employment-based coverage obtained through large employers would be slightly higher,” and the deficit would grow by $230 billion.
Igor Volsky contributed to this report.