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House GOP approves health care repeal



The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives moments ago voted to repeal the health care overhaul, satisfying a campaign pledge to voters who gave them control of the chamber.

The vote was 245-189, with 3 Democrats joining the majority. Florida voted party line.

But it was a symbolic gesture only as the Democrat-led Senate has no intention of taking up the repeal legislation.

“Today’s vote to repeal the health care law represents a promise fulfilled to the American people," said Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Brooksville. "Everyone agrees that the health system in America needs to be reformed, but the question is how we do it.  The American people demonstrated in poll after poll, at town-hall meetings across the nation, and in the elections last November that they did not like the top-down, government-knows-best approach to health care reform."

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, criticized it as political theater. “The majority of Americans want Congress to work on creating jobs, but the Republican majority in Congress has demanded we spend the opening weeks of the 112th Congress on the political spectacle of repealing health care reform. "

Senate Democratic leaders say they will not take up the legislation, but Republicans will press anyway. Said Sen. Marco Rubio, "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and hope the Democrat leadership will heed the American people’s call by allowing an up-or-down vote.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 6:16pm]


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