House Republicans repealed Obamacare for the fourth time Thursday, and like their other efforts, it will go nowhere in the Senate. Yet for the party's base, it's hardly a pointless vote.
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House Republicans booked yet another chapter of their drive to repeal President Obama’s signature health-care law on Thursday night, ramming their fourth complete repeal and 37th elimination of some portion of the law through the chamber on a 229-to-195 vote.
Two Democrats joined Republicans in voting for a measure that represents a cornerstone of the Republican attack on Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats in the election cycle to come.
While the scandals currently roiling Washington – from the IRS’s overreach to the Department of Justice’s seizing of Associated Press phone records to a lack of clarity over the Obama administration’s response to the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya – don’t seem to have a common theme, Republicans see a unifying thread: government overreach.
Republicans argue, in effect, this is what happens when you put your faith in big government. And at the bedrock of that critique, the purest form of this governmental overreach in the minds of many conservatives, is Obama’s signature health-care law.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida put it just so on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
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