With Democratic colleagues calling the move nothing more than a sideshow, Republican House members, including Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais, voted for the 37th time to repeal, defund or amend the Affordable Care Act-President Barack Obama’s signature health policy.
Tuesday’s vote was the fifth time the House has approved repealing the health law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, in full. The vote passed 229-195, with two Democrats joining.
The measure is practically guaranteed to fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and the White House has promised a veto should it reach Obama’s desk. Thursday’s vote was called in part to offer newly elected Republican House members the chance to cast their first votes against the law.
Prior to voting, both Fleischmann and DesJarlais railed against the law, of which key portions were upheld in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer. Both congressmen began their freshmen terms in 2010 with votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and have said they will continue to seek its demise.
“This law is a disaster,” Fleischmann told Nooga.com. “It was a bad law when it was enacted-even Democrats are now starting to question the viability of this law. It costs too much . and I will continue to vote against it. But I will also continue to work toward real health care reform, which we need.”
DesJarlais, a former physician, said the bill would impact individuals and businesses negatively, adding that the majority of Americans did not want the new law.
“If we did not stop pushing to get it repealed, we would not be working the will of the American people,” DesJarlais said. “We need to continue to keep it in the spotlight. It’s poorly written legislation.”