House Votes To Repeal Healthcare Reform
Special Report - January 20, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 10 month-old health care reform law Wednesday night, following almost two hours of debate. The measure, H.R. 2-“Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law,” passed by a vote of 245 to 189, with all 242 Republican members making good on a campaign promise by voting for repeal of the law known as the Affordable Care Act. They were joined by three Democrats, including Representative Mike McIntyre (D-NC), who also voted in favor of repealing the law that was signed into law by President Obama last year. “Repeal means paving the way for better solutions that will lower the costs without destroying jobs or bankrupting our government," House Speaker John Boehner said in his remarks on the House floor before the vote took place, according to TheHill.com. “Let’s stop payment on this check before it can destroy more jobs or put us into a deeper hole.”
Representatives from North Carolina who voted for H.R. 2 include: Howard Coble (R-NC), Walter Jones (R-NC), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Renee Elmers (R-NC), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Sue Myrick (R-NC). North Carolina representatives who voted against repealing the health care reform law include: Larry Kissell (D-NC), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Heath Shuler (D-NC), Brad Miller (D-NC), David Price (D-NC), and Mel Watt (D-NC).
H.R. 2 is considered only the first step in a plan to replace the health care reform law, and House Republicans are expected to begin work on drafting “replacement” health care reform legislation in the coming days. The measure heads next to the Senate, where it faces tough opposition.
Even if Congress does not repeal the Affordable Care Act this year, the law faces an impending legal battle in the courts, as 27 states have filed joint or individual lawsuits challenging the law’s constitutionality. North Carolina has not joined any such lawsuit to date.
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