House Republicans will again try to repeal Obamacare

This amounts to 30-plus times the House has tried to scrap the law

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 8, 2013 6:58PM (EDT)

The House of Representatives will again vote to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act next week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced on Wednesday, adding to the almost 40 times that House Republicans have failed to repeal the law.

As the Washington Post reports, Republicans have tried to use procedural tricks, in addition to full-on floor votes, to repeal Obamacare, meaning that the exact number of times they've tried is somewhat disputed. Some say it's been 33 times since 2010, others say closer to 40.

Cantor, R-Va., tweeted on Tuesday:

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From the Post:

Several Republican aides say that Cantor’s decision to hold a vote on repealing the law will serve two mutually beneficial purposes for House Republicans: It will give about 30 House GOP freshmen who’ve never voted on such a bill the opportunity to do so — and then likely secure Cantor enough support to finally pass the “Helping Sick Americans Now Act.” In turn, those freshmen will be able to go home and tell constituents that they’ve voted to repeal the unpopular law, and Cantor will have succeeded in advancing his agenda.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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