House votes to repeal health care law against long odds
January 19th, 2011
06:50 PM ET
4 years ago

House votes to repeal health care law against long odds

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Obama administration's signature health-care legislation Wednesday evening, a vote the newly elected Republican majority called a fulfillment of their No. 1 campaign promise.

The bill, dubbed the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act," passed 245-189. Three Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus on the vote.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Paula Denmon

    Shame on all the corporate controlled Republicans. Insurance companies must just love kissing your a.., and you must love pocketing their money.

    January 19, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Sampson

    Enjoy the smoke and mirrors ladies and gentlemen! This is only the beginning!

    January 19, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Bob

    it's easy to repeal something that you have had your whole lives, eh repubs? i would like health care too

    January 19, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. sara

    WHERE'S THE JOBS. I'M AN AMERICAN. LEAVE MY HEALTHCARE ALONG!!!!!!! WORK ON JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!! 18% of Ameircans don't want you touching Healthcare Reform.

    January 19, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. JMK

    Yay! A symbolic waste of time!

    January 19, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Andrew

    Soooo in other words they just wasted a bunch of time to "technically" repeal Health Care and now they can start actually doing work.

    yawwwwn this is not BREAKING NEWS.

    January 19, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Lee Bartholomew

    Waste of time and money doing this. How bout getting to the economy or something that needs propping up. health care doesn't need a repeal. it just needs to be fixed. only the republican mandate needs to be removed.

    January 19, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Karene Nagel

    All that Chicken Crap...isn't that what Boehner says...this is ALL this is & a waste of the Tax Payers $$$!!!

    January 19, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Mah

    Congrats republicans, that's about as far as you're gonna take it. now quit wasting time and make some jobs.

    January 19, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. JDinTexas

    Ok, you have had your little dog and pony show–your symbolic act that means nothing and is going nowhere. Now could you get down to the business of governing? Got any jobs ideas? Deficit reduction ideas?

    January 19, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Kevin

    The GOP seems to be under the delusion that they won the House because of Health Care and not unemployment... Does anyone really think that if unemployment were low, there'd still be a Tea Party?

    January 19, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Sjboatwright

    Do you ever get the feeling the healthcare industry can't lose?

    January 19, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Harry

    So the House Republicans voted to repeal a bill that they did not read and plan to resubmit most of it in their name as the new and improved Health Care Reform Bill. We need to remove the liars and damn liars from Congress and elect Representatives that care about the American people.

    January 19, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Joseph Small

    What silly grandstanding!

    January 19, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. 4merRepubCT

    Now that the Repubs have gotten past their "we're not listening to you, America, and even if we were, we wouldnt really care" phase – can they finally get going on jobs creation???

    January 19, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Posturing, lying, fear-mongering ... the Republicans have no ideas, no policies ... nothing but PROVEN FAILURE to offer our country. And so, instead of working on job creation, they hold this meaningless vote on a falsely-titled act.

    "...That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    January 19, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    Thank you Mr. Reid! Stick by your decision-don't cave. The house has already wasted enough time-the senate doesn't need to do rhe same.

    Anxious to see if this gets posted!!!

    January 19, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Maybe it's time for dems to pull 90 filibusters in the next 2 years - to catch up with the record the repubs set 2009-2010.
    he he he he

    January 19, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. NameJay

    What is the newly elected speaker trying to do? Why is he trying to overturn a piece of legislation that was made for a common person like me. And on what rationale is he affialiating the reform with the "job-killing" phrase.

    January 19, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Patrick from Minnesota

    Could these guys possibly vote on something that even has a chance of getting through Congress? Those Republicans are wasting our time.

    January 19, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Harry

    So the House Republicans voted to repeal a bill that they did not read and plan to resubmit most of it in their name as the new and improved Health Care Reform Bill. We need to remove the liars from Congress and elect Representatives that care about the American people.

    January 19, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Karen

    I cannot tell you how sad I am over this selfish act. A friend of mine is dying due to lack of health insurance and another may be seriously ill, but has not seen a doctor due to no insurance. I myself would not qualify for insurance if I did not have group coverage. I thank God every day for my coverage, but even that may not last. I am at the mercy of an insurance company whose bottom line is all that matters. Every member of congress who voted for this repeal should give up their government povided health care.

    January 19, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Claudio

    Good. Let's dump all the unrequired "benefits" and focus in the relevant ones, i.e, pre-existing conditions, coverage for whoever wants it, etcm

    January 19, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Jayden

    Whats the point?? its going to Fail anyways! and if it do get pass the Senate Obama will veto it..

    January 19, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Kent

    What a pathetic waste of skin these GOP are. Can't they first IMPROVE laws before trying to tear up what progress has been made? Idiots.

    January 19, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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