9:13 AM Eastern - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Congressional Republicans' obsessive opposition to Obamacare #the-healthcare-law

20120327wm_ACArallyAtSCOTUS_23.JPGThe Republican leadership in the House will vote today to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare").

Do you feel like you've seen this movie before? That's probably because you have. Today's vote will be the 33rd vote held in the last 18 months to repeal, defund or dismantle parts or all of the law!

Sure, the previous 32 votes passed the House with huge Republican majorities, but none of them stood a remote chance of passing the Senate or being signed into law by President Obama, either. They were purely for show - as is this one.

This vote comes after the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. A recent poll found that most Americans want to stop the partisan food fight and move on to other issues, like jobs. Show votes like these are exactly why so many Americans are upset with Congress. Every Republican repeal vote is more time and taxpayer dollars wasted--as well as yet another lost opportunity for Congress to focus on common sense ideas that will get more Americans back to work.

Republicans in Congress may want to stop all other business - including moving our economy forward - just to reiterate how badly they want to put the insurance companies back in control and take away the benefits and protections of the healthcare law that are working for more than 100 million Americans right now. But we know that this law makes our healthcare coverage more secure by ensuring that no American can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, lose their coverage, or be forced into bankruptcy if he or she gets sick.

Physicians in SEIU have launched a petition to call out the House on this time-wasting sham vote - won't you sign it and tell the Republicans to stop wasting our time by attacking our healthcare?

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