Awesome. Now it’s time to de-fund.
(USA Today)– After a heated midterm election, the Republican-led House easily passed legislation to repeal the nation’s sweeping health care law.
The vote was 245-189. There were four Democrats that voted for repeal.
Overturning the law was a major campaign plank for Republicans in the 2010 elections, and many of the House’s nearly 100 new lawmakers promised to repeal the law that was pushed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.
House Speaker John Boehner said the law would add nearly $1.5 trillion to the deficit and stifle the growth of some small businesses, which are required under the law to provide health insurance to employees or face penalties.
“Let’s stop payment on this check before it can destroy more jobs and put us in an even deeper hole,” Boehner said. “Then let’s work together to put in place reforms that lower costs without destroying jobs or bankrupting this government.”
Democrats failed in their procedural attempt to send the repeal bill back to committee for a discussion. Meanwhile, House Republicans are already preparing for four House committees to take the next step in the repeal effort and figure out ways to dismantle the law.