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Thursday, January 20, 2011

U.S. House Votes to Repeal ObamaCare Health Law | Should Congress Come Up with a Better Version, Stick to the Flawed Law or Have Nothing at All?



The U.S. House voted 245-189 to repeal the controversial health care law passed by the previous Congress.

For our local viewers, newly elected Congressman Randy Hultgren voted to repeal the law and says:

"The so-called Affordable Care Act has clearly failed to make health care more affordable...since the passage of the law I have heard from local families concerned about what this will mean for their pocketbooks and from small-business owners who are concerned about how they will keep their doors open.”

“Just today, I had the opportunity to hear from job creators in my district who said that the regulatory uncertainty, rising costs, and burdensome penalties and regulations created by the Act have discouraged them from expanding or hiring new employees,” he said.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least part of "The System" is working and doing the will of the people, now the senate needs to take up the vote.

Anonymous said...

The House Republicans promised the voters that they would "repeal and replace" the recently adopted health care law. Now that they have voted to repeal, I am waiting to see the proposal for the replacement.

Anonymous said...

They should drop the healthcare law all together and then take care of those who really need it. Let the free market take care of it by allowing cross state sales and put limits on the money grabbing lawyers with ridiculous claims. GET OUT OF OUR FACE.

Anonymous said...

The majority of the people want the flaws in the current law fixed, not have everything repealed wholesale. Those that want it repealed are pretty much split between those who thought it went too far and those who thought it didn't go far enough. While there are problems in the law, there are many good things as well. And the "replace" part won't happen. That's why there's no proposal yet -- the Republicans have no intention of doing anything to fix the problems in the system. The problems of insurance companies dropping coverage when you get sick, etc. have existed for decades. The Republicans had total control of congress & the White House for 6(?) years, and didn't do jack diddly to fix these problems then. They have no intention of trying to fix them now. Of course the reality is they know there are good parts of the law (some of them things they liked when it was their idea, but don't like in a Democratic bill), and probably wouldn't propose total repeal if they thought there was a chance it would pass. This vote was totally symbolic. But next election, remember Hultgren voted to allow insurance companies to deny coverage to anybody who needs it. And to continue raising your rates (ever see a health insurance premium go down, even if you didn't use it?). Hultgren voted to cut off the prescription drug coverage for seniors. He voted to remove a huge number of people from health care coverage, knowing that we'll all end up paying more because of that.

Anonymous said...

Very well put, 12:02. Kudos!

Anonymous said...

The Dems are still the majority in the House and Senate. Any such "repeal and replace" bill would never pass.

Anonymous said...

Uh, 10:36, the Dems are the majority in the Senate, but NOT in the House. A "repeal and replace" bill would have passed in the House, just like the plain "repeal" bill that they passed, and that this post was about. And bills to fix the flaws w/o just a blanket repeal of everything (including the good parts) actually WOULD have a chance of making it thru the Senate.

Anonymous said...

For the past two years the Republicans have told us what they are against.

Now that the Republicans have a majority in the House they will have to tell us what they are for.

I have heard the noise, now I want to see their votes.

Anonymous said...

7:27 I think you will be disappointed. They are all for individualism not collectivisim. To translate that means doing for yourself and stop depending on a government that cannot be everyting to everyone without putting them in slavery and taking away all liberties.

Anonymous said...

2012 is right around the corner. If the dems stall the process, vote them out with the ones from the 2010 election!

Anonymous said...

Hey all you hopey changey voters how is OBMA's Inflation treating you? How do you like the 3.25 dollar gas while the COMMIE PRES prvents drilling in your own country? HOw do you like the 5.00 dollar box of cerial in the stores? Didnt see this during bushys tenior. Also all you retired folks where is your cost of living increas in SSI? Congress got one. The next time you think some asshole with social change is good better look at what he is peddeling to be sure it is really what you want.

Anonymous said...

Gee 1:38. Maybe you better get checked for Altzheimers. Your memory is either going or is rather selective. Let's see, "didn't see this during Bushy's tenure". You're right. The last year of Bush's term we saw worse.

Let's start w/ gas. Luckily, I track not only my mpg, but the $/gal. During the period from Jan '07 (when I got this car) until Bush's last day in office, I paid an average of $3.07/gallon. The lowest was $1.62 in Dec '08 (after Obama had been elected but before he took office), and the highest was $4.30/gallon. So far during Obama's tenure, average has been $2.72/gallon (lower than Bush), high $3.26 (lower than Bush), low $1.80 (higher than Bush).

Now for the SSI COLA. You're right, there was none in 2009 or 2010. That COLA is tied to inflation. No COLA because no inflation. The highest COLA in the last 10 years, because of the highest inflation, was 5.8 in 2008 -- Bush's last year.

As far as food prices, they are up but you must be buying cereal with gold flakes in it. You can get cereal for under $2 at Aldis. The high price stuff like Fiber One is still under $5. Obama's inflation isn't any worse than Bush's.

As far as your last line, "The next time you think some asshole with social change is good better look at what he is peddeling to be sure it is really what you want." I agree. I always look at what's being peddled -- including by you.

Anonymous said...

If the Republicans had done their job, Obama wouldn't have been elected....idiot.

Anonymous said...

There is no inflation because due to the governments all knowing ways the price of FOOD AND GASOLINE are excluded. How stupid is that?

Anonymous said...

Good point, 6:45. Those are probably the 2 most important things to include in calculation of inflation. So there probably is measurable inflation now under Obama and there should have been a COLA. And the inflation under Bush was probably significantly higher, and there should have been a higher COLA than 5.8.

Anonymous said...

6:45 am

That IS really stupid to not include gas & food in figuring inflation. Of course, just as stupid is when the Republicans back under Bush & Hastert didn't include the war costs in the budget so their deficit wouldn't look so bad.