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House conservatives want more failed attempts to repeal Obamacare

Freshman Republicans in the House say that they are "frustrated" that leadership hasn't made a single attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year - after almost 40 attempts since the bill became law in 2010 - even though they know the move is purely symbolic and bound to fail.

At a panel on Wednesday hosted by the Heritage Foundation, conservative Republicans criticized leadership for failing to bring forward a repeal in 2013. "We need to continue fighting for repeal. We need a clean vote on repeal," said Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee.

From Sahil Kapur at TPM:

“If you’re a freshman — the guys who’ve been up here the last year, we can go home and say listen, we voted 36 different times to repeal or replace Obamacare. Tell me what the new guys are supposed to say,” [Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.] said. “We haven’t had a repeal or replace vote this year.”

“We have not had a chance as freshmen to do that,” said first-term Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL). “Even if it’s just symbolic — and even if we understand that process-wise we are not going to be able to say, okay we want repeal, it’s done, and it’s over. But this is the issue that so many people around the country who love the Republican Party are frustrated with.”

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