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House Passes Healthcare Reform Repeal, How Did Your Lawmakers Vote?

After a spirited debate, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved, on a near party-line 245-189 vote, legislation to repeal last year's healthcare reform law. Just...
January 25, 2011

After a spirited debate, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved, on a near party-line 245-189 vote, legislation to repeal last year's healthcare reform law. Just three Democrats voted in favor of the measure. The vote on the measure, H.R. 2, introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), with 181 cosponsors fulfills a campaign promise made by GOP leaders during the 2010 congressional elections.

Few observers expect the Democratic-controlled Senate to join the House. Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened to try to force a vote on the House-passed healthcare repeal in the upper chamber. Still, the House action marks the beginning of efforts to amend the law. Republicans and Democrats are united, for example, on stripping a provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires employers to furnish 1099 reporting statements if they do more than $600 of business with a corporate vendor starting in 2012.

"We recognize that because prospects for H.R. 2, a full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), are dim in the Senate and that the legislation faces a presidential veto, the House should immediately move to address the individual components of the law that need to be repealed - such as the onerous requirement to file a 1099 form with the Internal Revenue Service for any purchases businesses make of goods or services of $600 or more," said PIA National President Fred Thomas, in a statement following the House vote.

"This expanded 1099 provision will impose a substantial burden on small businesses, which are the economic engines that power our economy. PIA urges the House to pass H.R. 144 by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) to repeal this burdensome provision. Going forward, it is critical that Congress do everything it can to address reducing the cost of healthcare and ensuring that healthcare remains in the private sector and is never subject to a government takeover," Thomas said.

How did your House member vote on the healthcare repeal? Click here to go to PIA's interactive congressional scorecard to find out.

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