With a 245 to 189 vote, the House passes the ObamaCare repeal bill.
Republicans unanimously voted to repeal ObamaCare. Three Democrats joined the effort: Dan Boren (OK), Mike McIntyre (NC) and Mike Ross (AR). Those same Democrats voted against ObamaCare’s passage last year. Gabrielle Giffords was the only member that did not vote.
The bill now heads to the Senate, but Harry Reid has promised that it will not be brought up for debate. That effectively kills the repeal effort, but Republicans are now planning a more target approach. From Politico:
House Republicans will follow their health care law repeal vote with a more targeted attack: legislation to take down provisions that they contend allow for taxpayer funding of abortion.
Anti-abortion legislators will introduce the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act as H.R. 3 on Thursday. The bill intends to prevent federal funding for abortion procedures by codifying the Hyde Amendment, which has long barred federal agencies from paying for abortions.
Meanwhile, the court battle against ObamaCare continues with six more states joining the lawsuit started by Florida. From Fox News:
Six more states joined a lawsuit in Florida against President Obama’s health care overhaul on Tuesday, meaning more than half of the country is challenging the law.
The announcement was made as House members in Washington, led by Republicans, debated whether to repeal the law.
The six additional states, all with Republican attorneys general, joined Florida and 19 others in the legal action, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said.
“It sends a strong message that more than half of the states consider the health care law unconstitutional and are willing to fight it in court,” she said in a statement.
The states claim the health care law is unconstitutional and violates people’s rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.
I cannot recall a time when this much nationwide opposition to a single bill was mounted. Perhaps the push to repeal the Eighteenth Amendment’s alcohol ban?