The House Votes to Repeal Affordable Care Act for the 37th Time

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

John Boehner takes a question at a press conference on Friday, November 14th. (Alex Wong/Getty)

The House will attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week. Not for the first, second, or even fifteenth time. This marks the thirty-seventh time the House has attempted to repeal the health care law. 

President Obama seems to be unphased. He said last week:“Six months ago the American people went to the polls and decided to keep going in this direction. So the law is here to stay.”

The President’s confidence might be due to the many times the House has failed to repeal health care reform. Back in March, Representative Michelle Bachmann urged her fellow Congressmen and women to repeal the law:

“Let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens."

Is there any possibility of the law finally being overturned, and if not, why do Republican leaders persist in attempting to do so? The Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.

Guests:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Tyler Adams

Comments [5]

Bill Friedline from USA

Peg, I have met Speaker Boehner on several occasions. He pretty much always has a disdainful look, so to me, he just looks normal.....

May. 15 2013 12:08 PM
jf from DYSTOPIA

I never agree with republicans but with this I agree all the way. This health care bill is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. DOCTORS KILL 50,000 PEOPLE A YEAR. EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS SUBJECT TO PRICE GOUGING EXPONENTIALLY. HOW CAN THE GOVERNMENT ASSUME I WANT TO USE THIS USELESS MEDICAL SYSTEM AND FORCE ME TO PAY CORRUPT INSTITUTIONS LIKE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND HOSPITALS. I GET ALL THE MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE IN EXISTENCE FROM THE INTERNET AND TREAT MYSELF. SUCCESSFULLY!DOCTORS DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING IN THE MEDICAL BOOKS THEY LOOK IT UP AS NEED BE. I WILL NOT PAY THE PENALTY. I WILL NOT BUY INSURANCE. I WILL GO TO JAIL FOR THIS AND TAKE IT TO THE SUPREME COURT.

May. 15 2013 09:26 AM
Charles

The Takeaway must be the only news program in the country that opted for a story about the House voting to repeal Obamacare, instead of any continuing focus on the story of the House investigation of the coverup of the Benghazi talking points manipulation.

May. 15 2013 09:24 AM
listener

This administration certainly has proved themselves
trustworthy and competent this week.
What could possibly go wrong with the ACA or
TTW (total train wreck)

May. 15 2013 09:21 AM
Peg

Please stop using unflattering photos like the one today of John Boehner. WNYC sets an unpleasant tone before we get to listen to the content by using photos like these.

I'm for Single Payer health care - in complete opposition to house Republicans, but I still don't appreciate today's photo.

May. 15 2013 08:53 AM

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