House Republicans Have Spent 15 Percent of Their Time Trying to Repeal Obamacare

Steve Sack / Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Cagle CartoonsAs the provisions of the Affordable Care Act — referred to as Obamacare for short — begin to come online, congressional Republicans have continued to obsess over repealing the law altogether.

The New York Times looked into the numbers on Wednesday and concluded that House Republicans have spent a whopping 15 percent of their time trying to repeal all or parts of the new health care law:

The repeal vote, which is likely to occur Thursday, will be at least the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to voting on the issue.

To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011. (The House and Senate have pretty light legislative loads these days, typically voting only three or four days a week.)

Republicans don’t seem to have any regret over the fact that repealing Obamacare has taken precedence over other issues, like jobs.

“It’s something that we wanted to move up on the list of priorities,” said Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) to the New York Times. “And I’m glad they listened to us.”

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