WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The House of Representatives voted this afternoon to repeal the president’s health care law.
All House Republicans and five politically vulnerable Democrats joined forces in the 244-185 roll call.
According to John Parkinson of ABC News, the event marks the 33rd time the GOP-controlled chamber had voted to “chip away at, defund, or repeal” the law, which most Americans oppose.
This bill, like its dozens of predecessors, will not pass the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, but the issue is likely to shape the 2012 elections. The 2010 midterm landslide, in which the Tea Party powered a Republican takeover of the House, was largely a reaction to ObamaCare, massive government spending, and gargantuan federal deficits.
Since the passage of Obama’s health care law, polls have consistently shown that most Americans oppose the law, which forces religious institutions to furnish employees with abortifacient contraceptives at no co-pay and provides for a $1 abortion surcharge.
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A new Washington Post-ABC poll finds people evenly split, 47-47, on the health law.
Democrats accused the House leadership of playing partisan games and slighted them for not presenting an alternative health care plan. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi derided the vote as a “useless bill to nowhere.”
But House Speaker John Boehner said the 2,700-page health law is “not what the American people want. They want to be empowered to make decisions about their own health care and their family’s health care. They don’t want the government involved in this, and so we’re going to continue to work to repeal this.”
The five Democrats who voted to repeal the health care law were Reps. Dan Boren, D-OK; Larry Kissell, D-NC; Jim Matheson, D-Utah; Mike McIntyre, D-NC; and Mike Ross, D-AR.
The NAACP booed Mitt Romney after he promised to overturn the bill during an address to the organization earlier today, stunning the presumptive Republican presidential candidate in mid-speech.