House passes bill to repeal Health Care Reform ActWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The House of Representatives passed HR 2 by a vote of 245 to 189 Wednesday evening, to repeal the Health Care Reform Act of 2010.
Republican Bob Latta voted for the repeal and Democrat Marcy Kaptur voted against it.
Only three Democrats voted for HR 2, according to the House records.
The bill would repeal the Health Care Reform Act passed by the Senate in 2009, the House in March 2010, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30.
However, it is unlikely it will pass the Democrat-controlled Senate or be signed by President Obama if the Senate did pass it.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said before the vote that they will not schedule it in the Senate even if the House passed it.
“The number one way is to repeal it and start all over again,” said Latta in a conference call with the media just prior to the vote.
HR 2 is a two-page bill that begins the process to repeal Obamacare and part of the Pledge to America that House Republicans introduced last year as a governing document, according to Latta.
“We’ll start to work on an alternative health care reform plan that’s going to work. We’ll be open in the process to reform healthcare and hope to work through this process,” he said during the conference call.
Republicans have indicated that the Supreme Court should take up the Health Care Reform Act to determine if it is unconstitutional.
“The Affordable Care Act will improve the health care system for millions of Americans, including senior citizens. It will also reduce the federal budget deficit by almost a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Clearly this is no time to turn back,” Kaptur said in a statement provided to the media.
“No law is perfect, and the health insurance reform law can be improved. But we should improve the law, not repeal it. Reform means lower costs for coverage, a lower budget deficit, and more jobs for the American people. Repeal simply means higher profits for the insurance companies and higher health insurance costs for families and small businesses,” Kaptur stated.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Health Care Reform Act will increase spending and taxes while cutting jobs.