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House Passes Obamacare Repeal & Replace Bill In Spite Of Obama’s Protests

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 20:52
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James Beattie / Western Journalism

On Tuesday, the House voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This is the first time the House attached a provision requiring that Congress replace President Obama’s health care law.

The House voted Tuesday 239 to 186 on H.R. 596, which would not only repeal Obamacare but force Congress to also replace the health care law. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., sponsored the legislation.

It now heads to the Senate, where its future is uncertain. 60 votes are required for cloture, and there are only 54 Republicans in the new Senate. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., was one of the first to get on the offensive ahead of the House vote supporting the Obamacare appeal.

“Instead of Obamcare’s one-size-fits-all approach, we need to pursue consumer-driven reforms that put patients, not bureaucrats, in charge of health care decisions,” Coats said in a press release ahead of the vote Tuesday. “This legislation starts that process.”

One interesting note: three Republicans voted against the Obamacare repeal. The names, as flagged by Heidi Pryzblya of Bloomberg, were Reps. Robert Dold of Illinois, John Katko of New York, and Bruce Poliquin of Maine.

No Democrats voted for the repeal.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La. wrote a letter last week to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, encouraging fellow members of Congress to use budget reconciliation.

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  • King of Shambhala

    This is great news.

    It’s a sign people are not taking it anymore.

    This came by surprise for everyone.

    • Dustdevil

      It will still fail. Even, EVEN if it makes it out of Senate, Obama will veto it, which will send it back – where once again, it will die in Congress.

      This will never repeal because big money says there is too much money to be made by keeping it.

      Just remember one thing, the next time you hear a labor union protest Wal-Mart, or a Liberal protest a Conservative – that the second largest industry in America after petroleum is THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY. There’s too much white and blue collar work justification there, too much regulatory work there, too much opportunity to power-play there. It is irresistible to evil, and as such, will never change only worsen.

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