Breaking news: Lamestream liberal media have been misleading the public about Obamacare
A couple of months ago, a poll showed that fully 42 percent of the American people were unaware that Obamacare is the law of the land.
But is it any wonder that so many people are confused on this score? After all, haven’t they read and heard over and over again that Congress has voted to repeal the measure?
Granted, no such repeal efforts have prevailed in both houses of Congress. But there have been so many efforts that it’s hard to keep count of them all, let alone recognize whether any of them have actually succeeded in getting rid of Obamacare.
And now we learn that the media have misled us about these repeal efforts. They’ve lost track — perhaps deliberately, a cynic might say — of exactly how many times lawmakers have voted to repeal all or part of Obamacare.
How can the average schmoe know the truth of the matter when the media can’t even keep its story straight? News accounts of this issue have become so confusing that lawmakers themselves aren’t sure how many times there have been efforts to repeal this health-care measure.
Ah, but today Dana Milbank of the Washington Post honestly assesses the situation in THIS REVEALING REPORT:
Well, this is embarrassing. Republicans have made so many attempts to repeal “Obamacare” that the scorekeepers have lost count.
“Republicans,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “voted to repealit 40 times.”
“Their 38th vote to repeal,” Rep. Sander Levin (Mich.), the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, tallied Wednesday on the House floor.
“Thirty-nine times,” declared Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee.
“The house has tried nearly 40 times,” the White House asserted.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) wasn’t sure. The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee referred on Wednesday to criticism that “Republicans are trying for the 38th or 39th time to repeal Obamacare.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) observed that “my good friend, the chairman, couldn’t even reference exactly how many times they’ve tried to repeal it.”
But let’s not pick on Brady. All the tallies fall well short of the actual number of times Congress has voted to repeal all or part of Obamacare. It has done that — are you sitting down? — 67 times.
According to The Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, there were 37 votes to scale back Obamacare before Wednesday’s two votes in the House. But those 39 don’t include the Senate, where Reid’s office has documented 28 votes, all but a couple in the form of Republican amendments. This might explain the new findings that Congress is holding more vote than ever but passing fewer bills.