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 repeal it 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.