Wednesday, January 19, 2011

U.S. House Votes To Repeal Obamacare 245-189, Alaska Congressman Don Young Casts One of The Yes Votes; Harry Reid To Block A Senate Vote

On January 19th, 2011, the U.S. House took the first definitive step towards possibly overturning the infamous Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, nicknamed "Obamacare", by voting 245-189 to repeal the law. While three Democrats joined with the Republicans to vote Yes, no Republicans voted No. Among the 245 Yes votes was that of Alaska Congressman Don Young, who explained "At about 2,000 pages long, the health care law is the single worst piece of legislation I have seen in almost four decades in Congress...So far, the administration has released more than 6,000 pages of new regulations to implement the law and it hasn’t even gone into effect in its entirety yet! To start fixing this mess we need to repeal this law and start over. Our country needs health care reform, but this law is a fraud, plain and simple."

-- Read the full roll call vote HERE.

Several pro-life groups also applauded the vote to repeal Obamacare, including the Susan B. Anthony List, the American Center for Law and Justice, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and Students for Life of America. All were concerned about the possibility that Obamacare would allow public funding of elective abortions.

But the House vote was merely the first step -- and most likely the easiest step. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he won't even bring it to the floor for a vote, although Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence insisted they will exert every effort to do so. Despite a demand by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) for early Senate action, it is likely to be delayed. Furthermore, should the Senate follow suit, Barack Obama is likely to veto a repeal.

What's likely to happen now is that the House may begin hacking away at portions of the bill piecemeal, and House committees already have scheduled hearings on some of its provisions. But funding for certain key provisions -- such as the law's Medicaid expansion and the extension of new insurance subsidies -- cannot be cut without a direct repeal vote. The big sticky wicket is the mandate -- too many people oppose forcing all Americans to buy health insurance. Unfortunately, defenders of Obamacare see the mandate as the centerpiece; their justification is that all Americans will need health care at sometime or another.

Until now, Republicans have offered few alternatives. One alternative is H.R. 299, sponsored by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA). It would repeal Obamacare and replace it with four commonsense solutions that have been endorsed by members on both sides of the aisle. 
It would reduce the costs of the health care through market-based solutions, such as allowing individuals to shop for health care across state lines and providing 100 percent tax deductions for healthcare expenses. In addition, H.R. 299 would ensure all Americans could still access health care through high-risk pools and state-based association pools. 


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