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House Republicans Ready Latest ACA Repeal Attempt

07/10/12

  11:53:53 am, by MedBen5   , 221 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

House Republicans Ready Latest ACA Repeal Attempt

It’s deja vu all over again in Congress, as the House of Representatives is considering a proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act – which will mark the 31st time since 2011 that the Republican-controlled House has voted to defund, dismantle or strike down the law, ABC News reports. A vote on the bill is expected later this week.

When the Republicans took control of the House in 2010, they wasted little time in attempting to deep-six the ACA. The first repeal vote took place on January 19, 2011, and was passed almost completely along party lines, with just three Democrats siding with the entire Republican block in support of repeal. A month later, the Democrat-controlled Senate voted against repeal… and the process has been repeated numerous times since then.

The Supreme Court decision upholding the health care reform law has hardly taken the wind out of the Republicans’ sails – on the contrary, it appears to have strengthed their resolve. And the court’s opinion that the penalty for not buying insurance constitutes a tax has given the party fresh ammunition.

“I don’t think [the latest vote is] symbolic,” Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., told ABC. “Now that we know that the truth is out there that this is a tax, we need to be able to let the American people know where we stand.”

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