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The Health Care Debate Begins. Again.


The House Chamber fills in anticipation of South Korean President Lee Myung-baks address to a joint meeting of Congress in the US Capitol, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Let the rhetoric games begin. Few House members were on the floor today as a five-hour debate over whether to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act began with consideration of a rule.

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, opened the arguments, saying that the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate portion of the law, "thereby forcing every American to purchase health insurance. And while I disagree with how they riled I respect their decision and there's nothing we can do to change that."

Well, except Congress overturning that. But that's not likely to happen anytime soon. This week's vote is the 31st attempt to overturn the entire law or portions of it, and this latest effort isn't expected to go further than the House.

Sessions rattled down the familiar talking points: that the law is a job killer, would lead to high insurance premiums and would dramatically increase the national debt.

For their part, Democrats started off blasting House Republicans for dwelling on the issue.

"Never in the history of Congress has anybody voted this many times on a single issue. And why? We don't have anything else to do," said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. "We're here simply killing time... We're not making law here, we're making political points. Which is a shame because it's not that the country doesn't need our attention."

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