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U.S. House votes to repeal Obamacare



By a 244-185 vote, the U.S. House voted moments ago to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It's a symbolic, going-nowhere move -- and the 33th vote to repeal, defund or otherwise gut the law -- but one intended to keep the issue in the news. (President Obama and Democrats want to move on.)

Reaction from Florida, which voted party line.

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta: “We need to repeal Obamacare in its entirety so we can get our economy moving again and allow the private sector to grow and create jobs. Then we can get to work on step-by-step, patient-centered reforms to bring down costs and make health care more affordable for Florida families and small businesses.”

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: "Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would actually harm job growth as the law makes key investments in health care jobs – including critical investments to increase the number of health care providers and strengthen the primary care workforce. Specifically, it makes investments to help alleviate the current shortage of primary health care providers, including physicians, physician assistants and nurses. Indeed, just last week the University of South Florida received new ACA grant money to boost the number of nurses."

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: "I cannot comprehend why Republicans want to turn the clock back on the most comprehensive health care reform in our nation’s history.  How can denying coverage to the 6.6 million young adults who obtained health insurance through their parents’ plan be a positive step for our health care system?  How can denying 54 million Americans and 32.5 million seniors access to free preventive services be a good thing for the American people?"

Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers: “ObamaCare was jammed down the throats of the American people by President Obama and Nancy Pelosi despite the public's widespread opposition. It wasn't just the wrong-headed government takeover of healthcare, but it was also the highest and most obscene tax increase in the history of America. The American people don't like ObamaCare. They can't afford ObamaCare. And the House has now done what the American people want and deserve by voting overwhelmingly to repeal it."

Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami: “Repealing the job-killing, tax-hiking health care law would provide the opportunity to implement lasting health care reform that gets Washington out of the way and gives Americans control over their medical decisions.”

Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando: "In 2010, Americans across the country showed their disdain for the health care law at the ballot box. They sent a resounding message to Congress to repeal the law. And it is not lost on Congress why they wanted it repealed. The health care law has been a tremendous burden to our nation’s economy, job creators, and the seniors whose care is at risk. Not only is it a job killer, but Americans now face a massive tax increase at a time when the economy has been pushed to the fiscal brink. It is because of the punishing consequences of this president’s law that the House pushed forward with a full repeal.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:10pm]


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