House Votes to Repeal Health Care Reform Law--Again
- The Republican-controlled House voted 244 to 185 on Wednesday to fully repeal the health care reform law.
- The election-year maneuver, which repeats a vote already taken, serves to underscore GOP anger over the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement.
- No Republicans opposed the bill, and just a few Democrats crossed the aisle to vote in favor of it. There have already been many other House votes to repeal or defund parts of the law--more than 30 in all.
- The Democratic-led Senate will very likely ignore this version of the full repeal bill--just as it did last year’s version. Taken at its most meaningful, then, this latest vote was not so much a do-over as an emphatic messaging effort by Republicans to show the party’s conservative base they remain committed to undoing the Affordable Care Act. And given the Supreme Court’s ruling last month, Republican victories at the polls on Election Day may be their best shot at achieving that goal.