U.S. House debates repeal of health care law

Less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most provisions of the 2010 health care law, U.S. House Republicans embarked on a repeal effort that Democrats labeled a waste of time.
by Chris Casteel Modified: July 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: July 11, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that House Republicans were staging “a political show vote,” a sentiment echoed by many Democrats on Tuesday.

Boren to vote repeal

Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, one of three Democrats who voted last year to repeal the entire law, said Tuesday that he would do so again.

But, he said, “I think this is a purely symbolic vote because there is no chance of passage.”

Boren said the debate was about “framing the election,” a description that Republicans didn't deny.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said the vote would put lawmakers on the record heading into the election.

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., said, “I have voted to repeal this 30 times and I will keep doing it until we get this right.”

The White House issued a veto threat of the House bill, saying, “The last thing the Congress should do is refight old political battles and take a massive step backward by repealing basic protections that provide security for the middle class.”

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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I think this is a purely symbolic vote because there is no chance of


Rep. Dan Boren


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