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House Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare…Again

House Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare…Again

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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3:25PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

If only these idiots would address the president with the word they use in private, instead of "Kenyan", they would completely marginalize themselves and we could move on. Time to get over it; this country elected an African American by an overwhelming majority. It's time to stop skirting the issue and show how you really think. Despite all of our progress, too many are still hung up by racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and that's just sad...

3:24PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

If only these idiots would address the president with the word they use in private, instead of "Kenyan", they would completely marginalize themselves and we could move on. Time to get over it; this country elected an African American by an overwhelming majority. It's time to stop skirting the issue and show how you really think. Despite all of our progress, too many are still hung up by racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and that's just sad...

6:03PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Don't they have better things to do! Like taking their jobs seriously. Maybe they thought it was an AH moment, instead it was a HA HA moment. They need to apply for circus jobs, not jobs repesenting this great nation. The Repubtea party needs to be voted out of offices they hold.

5:31PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Hey man with stupid sign, are you on medicare or social security? If so you better drop it quick you socialist, marxist, communist crazy man.

Thirty Three, that's 33, votes on the same ridiculous bill that has no chance of passing is the first sign, or the 33rd sign of Dementia by the tea party.

7:49AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Steve R. - just imagine if you had a half of brain - OOOOOHHHH !

john c./houston. tx

4:49PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Well, Sandy E. , I hope you never get sick and have to pay for that operation you so desperately need. No, I won't be putting pennies in a jar at the grocery store for your operation. No, I won't go to your spaghetti dinner or your bake sale either. Fact is, everyone gets sick-everyone dies. I would like the freedom to choose where my taxes are going to go...and I want healthcare. I don't want wars and destruction-or the invade, occupy, destroy policies either. I am so tired of all the 'fighting for freedom' garbage. The American people have been sold such a bill of goods about freedom-they think they are the only ' free' people in the world. What a laugh. Everything here is based on death.

10:58AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

That man looks like an ignorant racist redneck !

7:57PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

It costs the American public around $592,000 a day to fund Congressional salaries. When you consider 33 votes to repeal Obamacare, Eric Cantor spending a day to reaffirm "In God We Trust" as our motto and the endless Republican fillibusters are we as taxpayers really getting our monies worth? Or is it time for Tea Party head Eric Cantor to face extinction at the voter's booth once and for all. Maybe if we are lucky he can take John Boehner and Mitch McConnell down with him.

3:36PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

2012

Since January 2011 , the gop have done absolutely NOTHING on jobs, despite their 2010 campaignin­­g. and PROMISING JOBS However they HAVE been busy little bee's doing the following:Since January 2011, they've introduced:
44 bills on Abortion,
99 on Religion
71 on Family Relationsh­­ips,
36 on Marriage
67 on Firearms and Guns
522 on Taxation
and 445 on "Governmen­­t Investigat­­ions"
ZERO on HEALTH CARE.
Do these clowns really stand a chance on forming the next government?


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3:14PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Steve R., I take it you don't mind that the House is wasting your taxpayer dollars on this?

"CBS’ Nancy Cordes reported Wednesday that Republicans’ many fruitless attempts at repealing the Affordable Care Act have taken up at least 80 hours of time on the House floor since 2010, amounting to two full work weeks. As the House, according to the Congressional Research Service, costs taxpayers $24 million a week to operate, those two weeks amounted to a total cost of approximately $48 million."

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