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Democrat: Health care repeal a 'legislative fantasy'

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A New York Democrat lawmaker accused House Republicans of acting out a “legislative fantasy” Thursday afternoon by holding yet another vote to repeal President Obama’s health care law.

House Republicans have held dozens of votes to get rid of all or part of Affordable Care Act, and their first such vote of this Congress will allow freshmen GOP members to put their objections on the record while Democrats roll their eyes over the symbolic vote.

Republicans hold the majority in the House, but a repeal bill has little hope of passage so long as Democrats control the Senate and White House.

Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries took to the House floor early Thursday to accuse the majority party of insanity, a theme that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, put forward one day prior to suggest the GOP is doing the same thing over and over again, yet hoping for a different result.

Mr. Jeffries said Mr. Obama’s reforms are “the law of the land,” and Republicans are bucking recent history and American voters.

“Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010,” Mr. Jeffries said. “The Supreme Court, with the chief justice voting in the majority, held that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional in 2012. And then a few months later, President Barack Obama was reelected in an Electoral College landslide. Yet later on this afternoon, we’re voting to repeal the Affordable Care act for the 37th time.”

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