The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was the 33rd time since 2011 that the House has tried to repeal part or all of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. They did, however, vote to keep their own government-funded health care.
The House voted 244-185 to repeal the PPACA in its entirety. If passed, the bill would strip existing health care from people who have insurance through the national high-risk pool. It would also eliminate existing provisions preventing children from being barred from receiving insurance due to pre-existing conditions, throw people up to age 26 years old off of their parents’ insurance, and eliminate a series of reforms aimed at increasing coverage of millions more Americans by 2014.
Five Democrats voted with Republicans to repeal the law, and no Republicans voted with Democrats.
This is the 33rd time that the House has taken up an attempt to defeat the health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama and passed by Congress in 2010. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had pledged to repeal any part of the PPACA left intact after the Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius. After the Supreme Court upheld the majority of the law, that meant yet another attempt at eliminating the law.
As before, the legislation is not expected to go anywhere. The Senate is still under the control of Democrats, and it is extraordinarily unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would allow the bill to come to the floor. Even if it did reach a floor vote, and even if, for some reason, Democrats elected not to filibuster the bill, it is almost certain that the bill would fail in the Senate. Of course, even if it passes the Senate, it would face an absolutely-certain veto by Obama.
This vote amounted to more political theatrics by the House Majority. That didn’t mean the Minority couldn’t have some fun of their own. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., offered an amendment to the bill that would have stripped government-funded health care from members of Congress. That vote failed, 180-248. 239 Republicans voted against the amendment, and in favor of keeping government-funded health care for themselves.
The five Democrats voting for repeal were Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla.; Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C.; Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Ut.; Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; and Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark.
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