House Republicans have"‘truly lost their minds" Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate passes Puerto Rico debt relief bill 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 BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility 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.