House votes to repeal health reform

Measure not likely to be taken up in the Senate

July 11, 2012|By Andrea K. Walker

My colleague John Fritze is reporting that the House of Representatives have voted to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform bill - for the 31st time.

The 244 to 185 vote comes just two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law.

Republicans have pledged to try their best to hurt the law legislatively.

Their efforts may prove inconsequential this session, since the issue is not expected to be taken up in the Senate.

But they're hoping for better luck after the elections if they are able to gain enough Congressional seats.

Here is what Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin had to say after today's vote.

I guess it's just a game to them.

Offering no real solutions of their own, just more partisan rhetoric, House Republicans once again voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put the health of millions at risk.

It's inexplicable. This law prevents insurance companies from slamming the door on people with diabetes or cancer. It ends discrimination against women, who were often charged more than men for the same health care plans. It expands coverage to millions of Americans.

So why are Republicans siding with the insurance companies? Only they know.

In the Senate, I will do everything in my power to ensure that this effort in political theater goes nowhere. Enough is enough. Instead of working with us to create jobs, Republicans insist on promoting their political agenda at the expense of middle-class families. It's time to move forward.

 

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