House Republicans have"‘truly lost their minds" Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidStaff shakeup begins at Dem campaign committee The Hill's 12:30 Report Emanuel flips the bird when asked about 2020 MORE (D-Nev.) said Wednesday.
Reid offered his observation in the context of Thursday's House vote to repeal ObamaCare, the 37th time the lower chamber will vote to repeal, defund or dismantle the law and the third full repeal vote in the last two Congress's, according to Healthwatch.
“Albert Einstein defined insanity as follows: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” Reid said Wednesday. “If his definition is true — and I won’t argue with Einstein — then House Republicans have truly lost their minds.”
Reid said the House “political kabuki” has wasted millions of dollars by holding the votes. He said the House’s new attempt is “doomed to fail” just like the others, and added that the only reason Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNetanyahu: 'No question' about Trump's support for Israel The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt MORE (R-Ohio) was holding the vote yet again was because he was being “bullied” by Tea Party freshmen.
“Although the vote might be political theater, it will serve a purpose,” Reid said. “The American people will see where the House freshmen stand.”
Reid listed the number of benefits — such as insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions, allowing those younger than 26 to stay on their parents’ plans, and better preventative care for women — saying Republicans would “erase those gains” if their repeal succeeded.
Republicans argue that the healthcare law will harm the economy and increase unemployment because of mandates in the law.
GOP leaders in the House have been under pressure to hold another repeal vote from their rank-and-file membership.