House Republicans have sought to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times, but they have not passed a plan to replace it even once. And Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has had enough. He took his frustration out on his Republican colleague Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) during an Obamacare hearing Tuesday morning.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): Despite Democrats’ opposition to Part D ten years ago we committed to making the best of the program. … We lost the policy fight. And what did we do? We went back to our districts. And we told our seniors although we voted no, we personally believe and would work with the Bush administration to make it work. That’s what we did. And how many of you stood up to do that. … What are you going to do about the approximately seventeen million children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. … You are going to tell the parents of those kids? Which one of you is going to stand up and tell the parents of those children, the game is over. Sorry, that was just a failure.
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR): Will the gentleman yield?
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): Yes I will.
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR): It’s a false choice to say it’s Obamacare or nothing. There are numerous proposals including the one I am a co-sponsor of. …
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ): Are you really serious; after what we have gone through over the last three and a half years? You can sit there and say that you had a legitimate alternative after these years? We’ve gone through 44 votes, 48 votes now of you trying to dismantle this legislation. You call that cooperation? I don’t.
This is the second time in a week that a Democratic member of Congress from New Jersey lost his cool over Republican attacks on Obamacare.