House Votes to Repeal Obamacare

Bipartisan Rebuke Sends Strong Message

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the U.S. House voted 245-189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The law, never popular among Americans, would decrease choice, increase premiums, raise taxes and add to the deficit.

“It is significant and revealing that today’s vote to repeal Obamacare was bipartisan,” Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham said.  “The rebuke makes clear that Americans want reform that empowers individuals, not federal bureaucrats.”

If Senators decide to cling to the unpopular law, 2012 could be for them what 2010 was for their House counterparts.

“As the repeal fight shifts to the Senate, the House must begin the critical work of defunding and delaying the implementation of the law,” Needham continued.  “Vulnerable Senate Democrats must now decide if they will continue to embrace the law, or whether they will issue a rebuke of their own.”

Although the outcome of today’s vote was not in doubt, it was not preordained.  Last spring, conventional wisdom was to downplay full repeal, focusing on jobs and minor tweaks.  Conservatives, including Heritage Action, disagreed.  During the summer, we worked to build political support for full repeal and, by September, there was bipartisan support in the House.

“Today’s vote is a validation for conservative activists.  They fought the conventional wisdom and pushed for straight repeal,” Needham concluded.  “Now, it’s time to do the same in the Senate.”

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