Rep. Mike McIntyre was one of only two Democrats voting to repeal the President's Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressman Mike McIntyre was one of
two Democrats voting Thursday to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform
legislation, which many refer to as "Obamacare".
Rep. McIntyre (D-NC 7) and Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)
were the only two Democrats joining 227 Republicans voting against the
Affordable Care Act, including Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC-03). Four Democrats did not vote. Thursday's vote
marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to
eliminate, defund or partly scale back President Obama's signature program.
The final vote was 229-195. The bill now goes to the Senate.
"A comprehensive government
takeover that will cost almost two trillion dollars and make it more difficult
for the average American to afford insurance is not the health care reform this
country needs," said Rep. Jones in a statement. "Obamacare implements an
unprecedented individual mandate, burdens small businesses with excessive taxes
and regulations, and does not include provisions to prevent funding
abortions. I'm proud to have once again voted to repeal a law that
tramples American freedom and imposes a massive debt on future generations."
Democrats called it a waste of time - even an obsession.
But in Congress spin often trumps legislation.
Republicans see a political advantage to keeping the
pressure up as the administration tries to get all the moving parts of the law
working in the next few months.
They're hoping that problems with its implementation will
help them recapture the Senate in next year's midterm elections.
Copyright 2013 WECT. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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