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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  1. TTBALA

    Are these people crazy or what, OK all you Repubs if you elected these Bozos because of the economy this is it all they will do is sit there and go negative on every good thing that happened to this country after eight years of oppression under the pack of idiot who ran this country to the ground, congratulations you repugs there won't be anything even for you to brag about, I am so glad they took the house, because now trulu the majority of americans will see how useless they are and throw them out.

    January 19, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Looks like when the GOP was talking about jobs, what they really meant was J-rk Off Buddies, because apparently all they're going to do with their newfound control of the House is sit around in a giant conservative circle and enact ideologically masturbatory legislation.

    January 19, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. mary

    Cantor is going to cry about a bill dying in the senate after his damn party stopped 400 bills passed by the house because of the filibuster!!!!

    January 19, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. justin

    Maybe now the majority will focus on doing something that is actually meaningful and constructive. I know, don't hold my breath.

    January 19, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Marc

    Boehner knows this has no chance of passing the Senate, and making an incorrect assumption that it does President Obama would never sign it. Another Republican political charade, thanks for wasting our money Republican's.

    January 19, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Gary

    Needlessly wasted time that could have been used solving the problems of this country instead of political charades. The Republicans know full well this will die in the Senate and, despite CBO forecasts that a repeal would add significantly to the deficit, they plowed ahead wrecklessly anyway. Such is the sad state of affairs in the House. Maybe now we can get on with the business of running this country!

    January 19, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Haha it won't even get brought up for a vote in the senate losers

    January 19, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Gary

    That's real productive for our country.

    January 19, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. andrew03

    Wow! That created more jobs. I'm glad the republicans have the insurance companies backs. A complete waste of money and time.

    January 19, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Christopher Pearsoll

    And the Republicans had to know that the Democrats weren't going to entertain this little bit of right wing stupidity, so all they really accomplished was to waste time on the taxpayer's dime. The American Electorate really should have thought things through before handing the House back to the 'Party of No'.

    January 19, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. chad

    This is a sad day to be an American. This proves that John Boehner and his GOP cronies are more worried about political gain than the health and well-being of Americans. Vote out all Republicans in 2012, they're ruining this great nation and have been since Reagan was elected. I'm disgusted.

    January 19, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. nita

    the party of no need not bother millions of americans healthcare or you will be voted out.

    January 19, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. michaelam

    Thanks for wasting our time and money on this little display of nonsense. More importantly, thank you GOP/Tea Bags for demonstrating your utter contempt for the American family and worker. I hope the American family and worker are paying attention and not make the same mistake in 2012. This party drove our country into a ditch! Now, they are destined to drive us over a cliff!

    Where are the jobs, Speaker Boehner?! Jobs, jobs, jobs! The American people have spoken!!!!! We want jobs and no more of your waste of time and money nonsense! Get off the bar stool, Mr. Speaker and create those jobs!!!!

    January 19, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. IVOTE

    Now the GOP can get to work creating "JOBS" for the people after filibusting as much as they could for the last 2 years. Progress will be a welcome change.

    January 19, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. rhumba

    Those empty promises are so easy to fulfill. Now try something real– like creating jobs, balancing the budget. Not so easy, is it? Boehner, McConnell, and Cantor are all just politicians with no real knowledge of the real world. They're going to make a really big mess of this. Just wait.

    January 19, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. MikeCsi

    I wonder how much of the taxpayers money was spent, i mean wasted on the daily salary of these guys to conduct this vote we all know has 0 chance in passing? CNN how bout you figure this out?

    Is wasting that money really worth it when your $14 trillion in the hole? Maybe get d

    January 19, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Too bad these big thinkers didn't put half this much energy into stopping Bush from starting an unprovoked war in Iraq, eh?! Oh but silly me, if they did that, Halliburton wouldn't have been able to orchestrate its meteoric rise by constantly re-billing for services already invoiced and paid.

    January 19, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Justdontgetit!

    Why vote to repeal something that hasn't even had a chance to be proven effective? Why are people so afraid of change? It's bound to happen at some point in time. Politicians need to take their personal feelings about one another out of it and for once....DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! I'm amazed at how ridiculous this is! How about repealing laws that are not in the best interest of the people...and passing those that will protect, advance, benefit and support the people of this country.

    January 19, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Barry

    The republican congress are led by their nose by special interest groups. They do not speak for the average americans. Shame on them. All americans deserve healthcare. Who said employers should provide health care benefits?

    January 19, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Sara

    Shame on you GOP. One day you will regret this.

    January 19, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. welches, oregon

    an exercise in futility. That's the GOP – working hard at doing nothing.

    January 19, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. MARKPAIN

    The gop knows that the repeal won`t pass the Senate or hold up to a veto by the WHite House. A waste of time except to keep the rhetoric believing voters happy

    January 19, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. barbara

    Only in America would the people that represent the people vote to take health care away from the people they represent

    January 19, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. paul

    Nothing new. Just the same old same old republican party not wanting people to have things they deserve.

    Save the fetus, kill the baby. They hate abortion but as soon as the baby is born it is it's own responsibility to feed itself and make sure it is healthy. Don't you love liberty and freedom? More like I have mine I don't care for you.

    January 19, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Under Speaker Boehner's leadership, the House of Representatives did what we voted for in November. If it doesn't pass the Senate then so be it, but what we see here today is progress in Washington for Americans outside of DC and that is more encouraging than what we have seen for the last 2 years.

    January 19, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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