House GOP continues to waste time targeting Obamacare


With the latest vote to defend the Affordable Care Act, the House GOP is looking more and more like the Washington Generals, the hapless “opponents” who stood on the court as a foil for the slick, stylish and talented Harlem Globetrotters.

To tea party Republicans, libertarian Republicans, fiscal conservative Republicans, social conservative Republicans or anyone else who lives under the GOP banner, you lost. Deal with it. Obamacare is the law, and there is nothing you can do about it.

I know you felt good voting to get rid of the law the first time. Then the second time. Then the third time. But seriously, folks, you are now 0-41 in efforts to overturn the law. Sorry, it ain’t gonna happen. The U.S. Senate will never consider the House bill, and even if it did and it passed, President Barack Obama would never sign it.

It simply is laughable every time the House GOP goes on their consistent rant. The best shot the GOP had in changing the law was re-taking the Senate and winning the White House. Neither happened. So now it’s time to move on.

For a body of people who barely worked last year — 109 days total — surely they can use the days to work on vital legislation that needs to be dealt with.

How many times have we been told that there isn’t enough time to debate immigration reform? Really?

Congress should step up and address the key provision of the Voting Rights Act that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. But there isn’t any time for that with efforts to get rid of Obamacare.

When is the last time you heard members of Congress go on and on about jobs? That’s all we heard in last year’s presidential election. This year? It’s all about Benghazi, Syria and Putin.

While we are seeing improving housing numbers, millions of Americans are still hurt by the national foreclosure crisis, and the efforts to stem the tide have not been good enough.

It really has gotten embarrassing to watch House Republicans with one waste-of-time vote after another.

These are serious times that demand attention to serious issues, and we need a legislative body that is serious.

Right now, the House GOP isn’t serious. This exercise in futility is all about showing their constituents at home how ridiculous they are.

So let me go ahead and say it: this latest effort will fail, and the House GOP will be 0-42. Maybe when they hit the 0-for-50 mark, someone will come to the conclusion that they are fighting a losing battle and might want to focus on another winnable fight.

If not, we’ll just have to watch their dejected faces crow on about a law that was fiercely contested, and was ultimately lost by Republicans.

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Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN analyst and the author of the book, “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”