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‘Insanity’: GOP Rep. Defends Vote Against Repealing Obamacare

This week House Republicans voted again to repeal Obamacare. They’ve done this a few dozen times already, so not much new in that, except for that three of their newest members, who were only sworn in last month, voted against the proposal. Yes, Maine’s Bruce Poliquin, Illinois’ Bob Dold, and New York’s John Katko all went against the rest of their party on the question of gutting President Obama‘s signature legislation.

Poliquin and Katko defended their vote earlier this week by saying Congress need to have a planned alternative to Obamacare first. Poliquin elaborated on his position, in comments reported today by the Associated Press:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; I’m doing exactly what I told the voters I would do, which is to come down here and fix problems.”

Some conservatives in Poliquin’s home state aren’t terribly happy with him, especially considering he said a while back his first priority in Congress would be to repeal Obamacare.

Correction: A previous version of this post said that above YouTube link was Poliquin saying he would repeal Obamacare on the campaign trail last year. He made that comment in 2012, and has said more recently the GOP would have been better poised to repeal the health care law then rather than in the present day.

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