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BIPARTISANSHIP: Five Democrats vote for ACA repeal in House

Posted: July 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm   /   by

Undeterred by the recent Supreme Court ruling, House Republicans have continued to hold votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Every time a vote like this has been held, a few more Democratic Congressmen join the Republicans in a show of bipartisan support for repeal.  Reps. Ross (AL), Boren (OK), and McIntyre (NC) have previously voted in favor of repeal, but this time they were joined by a few more politicians facing re-election battles:  Larry Kissell (NC) and Jim Matheson (UT).

Matheson, who opposed the law in March 2010 but also opposed full repeal last year, said the time has come to get rid of the whole law because it is not reducing costs, even though he supports some provisions of it.

“Plain and simple, the bill is a flawed effort that fails to address the critical issue of rising health costs,” he said in a statement. “With the Supreme Court ruling behind us, and as I reflect on my conversations with Utahns, I think about protecting the future of our economy. We must scrap this flawed effort once and for all, start over, and do it right.”

Even the President himself has come to see the light in the fictional world of The Onion.

Calling it a “poorly conceived and irresponsible piece of legislation, pure and simple,” President Obama made a public pledge to voters Tuesday that, if reelected, he would fight to repeal the recently upheld Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In an address to the nation broadcast live from the White House, the president promised voters in sharp, forceful terms that the very first act of his second term would be to “strike down this unjust and unconstitutional law,” which he said would place “an unacceptable burden on hardworking Americans.”

That would be a capitulation in the extreme, though perhaps not much more of one than in reality.  Obama has barely mentioned his signature legislative accomplishment out on the campaign trail, because it’s unpopular and may never see real implementation.  Now he has asked his opponent to “move past” the issue, so the focus can shift to… what?  Romney’s  wealth?

That’s not what you do when you’re on the winning side of an issue in politics.  George W. Bush, who successfully ran for re-election in 2004, had a campaign slogan that reflected what he was actually trying to do with his time in office:  “A Safer World and a More Hopeful America”.  President Obama can’t run on his record; there will be no campaign buttons printed that say “New Taxes and Regulations for America”.  But if you want one that says ‘Forward’ or ‘2012’, we’re sure Obama for America would be more than happy to take your money.

Hannah Thoreson

Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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BIPARTISANSHIP: Five Democrats vote for ACA repeal in House