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Re: Counting Repeal Votes

The phenomenon Ramesh notes — of way overstating the number of times Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare — is indeed pervasive. It’s not just Nancy Pelosi, of course, mainstream news organizations often use the Democratic talking point, which counts as a “repeal” or “undermine” vote a whole lot of bills that just change the ACA, with debatable effects. The Hill this morning:

Tuesday’s vote is nearly the 60th in the last four years in the House to undermine or repeal the law, since Republicans took over the chamber in 2011.

While I’m all for describing what legislature’s vote actually does, “undermine or repeal” simply doesn’t describe something Republicans have voted for almost 60 times. (And if “56″ is good enough for Nancy Pelosi, does a straight reporter really need “nearly the 60th”? Blurring the count doesn’t help.)

Patrick BrennanPatrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

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