Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ridiculed House Republicans on Wednesday for scheduling yet another vote to repeal “Obamacare” this week, quipping that “perhaps Republicans think the 37th time is the charm.”
“Albert Einstein defined insanity as, ‘Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,’” Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, said on the Senate floor. “If that’s true, the House Republicans have truly lost their minds.”
Republican leaders in the House scheduled the vote for Thursday so freshman members of Congress could be on the record as voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a contentious set of health reforms that amounts to Mr. Obama’s top domestic achievement.
GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner’s office rejected the notion that dozens of votes to repeal all or part of the law in recent years have been fruitless, pointing to several provisions that have been rolled back since the law’s passage in 2010.
Passage of a repeal bill in the House is largely symbolic, so long as Democrats control the Senate and White House.
Mr. Reid said the GOP majority also fails to understand the benefits of the law, including protections for those with preexisting conditions and a clause that lets young adults stay on their parents’ health plans.
The only benefit of the repeal vote, he said, is Americans will know where the House GOP stands.
“Do they stand with millions of Americans who are already benefiting from Obamacare?” he said. “Or do they stand with insurance companies that would like nothing better than to once again deny coverage to sick children, impose lifetime caps on care and discriminate against those with preexisting conditions?”