Most Vulnerable House Democrats Side With GOP on ‘Obamacare’ Vote

Eight of the nine Dems who represent districts Obama lost in 2012 voted for the GOP bill.

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Nov. 15, 2013, 10:19 a.m.

Thirty-nine House Demo­crats, many from battle­ground ter­rit­ory, broke from their party Fri­day to sup­port Re­pub­lic­ans’ “Keep Your Health Care Plan” Obama­care fix — which the White House and many Demo­crats have said would “gut” the law.

The vote fol­lowed some fa­mil­i­ar pat­terns. Eight of the nine Demo­crats rep­res­ent­ing ter­rit­ory Mitt Rom­ney car­ried in the 2012 pres­id­en­tial race sup­por­ted the bill; Rep. Ann Kirk­patrick, D-Ar­iz., a fierce sup­port­er of the law, was the only out­lier there. In fact, Kirk­patrick was one of only two Demo­crats, along with Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee Chair­man Steve Is­rael of New York, who voted no on the bill and rep­res­ent a dis­trict where Pres­id­ent Obama got less than 53 per­cent of the vote in 2012. Over­all, 28 of the 36 vot­ing Demo­crats from dis­tricts where Obama won less than 55 per­cent voted for the bill, and only 11 of 156 vot­ing Demo­crats from dis­tricts where Obama topped 55 per­cent fol­lowed suit.

Kirk­patrick was also one of just three “Front­line” Demo­crats, mem­bers of the DCCC pro­gram for elect­or­ally vul­ner­able in­cum­bents, who didn’t join Re­pub­lic­ans on the vote. Reps. Lois Capps of Cali­for­nia and John Tier­ney of Mas­sachu­setts were the oth­er two. (DCCC Front­line chair­man Tim Walz joined most of the mem­bers in his pro­gram in vot­ing for the meas­ure.)

Demo­crats’ Up­ton Votes by Obama’s 2012 Per­form­ance
Roll over a circle for more in­form­a­tion or click and drag on the chart to zoom in­to a spe­cif­ic area. Blue in­dic­ates a yes vote; gray in­dic­ates a no vote.

The Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee slammed both groups of Demo­crats alike in state­ments. The com­mit­tee called Kirk­patrick a “co-con­spir­at­or in Pres­id­ent Obama’s claim that if you like your health care plan you can keep it” and had broken a prom­ise in today’s vote. The com­mit­tee was no more kind to the oth­ers. “No mat­ter what this Wash­ing­ton politi­cian says, Nick Ra­hall voted to give us Obama­Care and keep Obama­Care on the books,” NR­CC spokes­wo­man An­drea Bozek said in a state­ment after Ra­hall joined the GOP on this vote.

“Today, I voted against H.R. 3350, the Up­ton bill, be­cause it would neither fix nor im­prove the ACA,” Kirk­patrick said in a state­ment that also called the re­cent Obama­care rol­lout a “dis­aster.”

Be­low is the full list of 39 Demo­crats who voted for the bill:

Rep. Ron Barber of Ari­zona
Rep. John Bar­row of Geor­gia
Rep. Ami Be­ra of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Tim Bish­op of New York
Rep. Bruce Bra­ley of Iowa
Rep. Ju­lia Brown­ley of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Cheri Bus­tos of Illinois
Rep. Jim Costa of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Peter De­Fazio of Ore­gon
Rep. Su­z­an Del­Bene of Wash­ing­ton
Rep. Tammy Duck­worth of Illinois
Rep. Bill En­yart of Illinois
Rep. Eliza­beth Esty of Con­necti­c­ut
Rep. Bill Foster of Illinois
Rep. Pete Gal­lego of Texas
Rep. John Gara­mendi of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Joe Gar­cia of Flor­ida
Rep. Ron Kind of Wis­con­sin
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster of New Hamp­shire
Rep. Dave Loeb­sack of Iowa
Rep. Dan Maf­fei of New York
Rep. Sean Malo­ney of New York
Rep. Jim Math­eson of Utah
Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Car­o­lina
Rep. Jerry McNer­ney of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Patrick Murphy of Flor­ida
Rep. Rick No­lan of Min­nesota
Rep. Bill Owens of New York
Rep. Scott Peters of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan
Rep. Col­lin Peterson of Min­nesota
Rep. Nick Ra­hall of West Vir­gin­ia
Rep. Raul Ruiz of Cali­for­nia
Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois
Rep. Kurt Schrader of Ore­gon
Rep. Car­ol Shea-Port­er of New Hamp­shire
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Ari­zona
Rep. Filem­on Vela of Texas
Rep. Tim Walz of Min­nesota

Graph­ic by Bri­an Mc­Gill

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