"Groundhog Day: Republicans Yet Again Pledge To ‘Replace’ Obamacare As Soon As They ‘Repeal’ It"
Undeterred by the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the dire need for new jobs legislation, House Republicans have spent the last two days debating the merits of repealing Obamacare and will take their 31st vote to eliminate the law on Wednesday afternoon.
Since first promising to undo health care reform in late 2009, Republicans have pledged to replace the measure with “common sense” “market based” solutions that will allow Americans to purchase coverage “across state lines” and reform the medical malpractice system. Following the first repeal vote on January 19, 2011, Republicans passed another measure instructing the committees of jurisdiction to draft up reform “replacement” legislation. In the 18 months since, the House Republican committees have hosted a series of hearings condemning Obamacare but few, if any, detailing Republican solutions to the health care crisis. As ThinkProgress’ Jeff Spross shows in the video below, that hasn’t stopped the party from continuing to insist that they will unveil their health care reform plan as soon as they repeal Obama’s law. Watch it: