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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.”

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


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