January 20, 2011
House Repeals Health Reform Bill
The House voted to repeal 245-189 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on January 19. The vote originally scheduled for January 12 was postponed after the assassination attempt of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). The symbolic vote was along party lines with only 3 Democrats [Representatives Dan Boren (D-OK), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Mike McIntyre (D-NC)] voting with the Republicans.
The House also passed a separate resolution instructing Committees to develop replacement health coverage measures and an amendment that calls for a permanent fix for Medicare physician payment rates. The Committees with jurisdiction over health care issues have already begun scheduling hearings on these replacement measures.
The repeal measure likely will see no action in the Senate - although if senators change the 60-vote threshold for considering legislation, it ironically could mean a chance for the repeal’s consideration in the Democratic-majority chamber. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will press for a vote on the bill, which at the very least could serve for Senators to replace the repeal provisions and insert other revenue-related legislation.
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