House votes to repeal key health care reform provision
March 22nd, 2012
02:03 PM ET
3 years ago

House votes to repeal key health care reform provision

Washington (CNN) - Led by its Republican majority, the U.S. House voted Thursday to eliminate from the 2010 health care reform law a proposed advisory board that would recommend how to achieve needed, but as-yet-unreachable Medicare savings.

The repeal measure passed 223-181 on a mostly party-line vote, reflecting the deep partisan divide over health care reform that persists two years after Democrats pushed the measure through Congress. Seven Democrats joined 216 Republicans in support of the repeal, while 10 Republicans voted "no."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    Why would they get rid of a provision that saves taxpayers money? How stupid is that. Why do Republicans hate average Americans so much that they want them to pay more for healthcare?

    March 22, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    Ho-hum, another meaningless vote on a bill that has no chance of ever becoming law, all done for the sake of providing a political talking point to woo the TP's and wingnuts. I had hoped the TP's had worked this out of their system after the first few anti-abortion votes and other wastes of time after the 2010 election.

    March 22, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Mikey

    So the GOP is against trying to find ways to reduce the cost of Medicare? Really?

    March 22, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Rosslaw

    Right. Let's not have a Medicare panel discuss the availablility of medical treatment and the costs thereof. Instead, lets have unidentified health insurance claims adjustors deny medical treatment, overrule doctor's recommendations and otherwise work to kill any of their insureds who actually think they should be covered just because they've paid premiums for years.

    March 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Paul Van de Water, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said this week that "charges that the board is going to be able to deny people care are just flat out wrong."
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    Everything Obama and the Democrats have told us about Obamacare has been a lie. Why should we believe anything they say?

    the cost has already doubled and will probaly be 3-4 times more. LIARS.

    It is estimated that 20 MILLION people could lose their healthcare coverage and be forced into government coverage. Obama promised you' be able to keep your healthcare. LIARS

    Longterm care portion of bill that was supposed to provide billions in savings deemed undoable. LIARS/INCOMPETENTS

    Milllions of Obamas lackeys in the unions have been exempted from Obamacare. CORRUPTION.

    Obamacare has been a disaster before it even gets fully implemented. If this cancer is left to stand, it will KILL the healthcare system in this country. Cut the mailignant Obamacare out NOW before it becomes deadly to your healthcar esystem and YOUR HEALTH.

    March 22, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Jane

    The minute the Republicans (and those few Democrats) hold a press conference to announce that they're giving up THEIR free health care, and pension for life is the minute I'll consider listening to their calls to get rid of health care and pensions for those of us who are PAYING for their perks.

    March 22, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    The teapublikans just want the huddled masses to drop dead. It was clearly the message from them at one od those interminable debates. Yes, the part of he'll no ade really the death panels in the US. All along ee thought it was just their friendlyninsurance companies.

    March 22, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Seven Democrats joined 216 Republicans in support of the repeal, while 10 Republicans voted "no."
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    Both sides will claim bipartisan support for their position. I would expect that a 10 beats a 7 most any day of the week, though.

    These advisory boards would reduce the size of the revenue stream going to this new cottage industry of Medicare middlemen insurers that sprung up during the Bush administration. Medicare was fine until this new industry was created an inserted into the revenue stream between Medicare and the care provider. You see commercials for them in TV all the time. "We handle all of the Medicare paperwork for you."

    March 22, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Jules

    My take on this is that the GOP once again thinks that Americans are idiots and that as long as it says repeal something from what they call "Obamacare" that their constituents will buy it. You know what? They may be right. They pick some insignificant thing and whether or not it is intended to save money, they don't care – they just want their base to say that the GOP is working to repeal Obamacare and that is just the kind of people they are.

    March 22, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. John the Historian

    Why would anyone want to repeal Obama's health care plan. Now companies can't deny you coverage for a pre-existing condition. What we really need now is national health care. Ever heard of anyone wanting to repeal it in Germany, Japan, Scandanavia, England, or France or Italy. People there live longer and are healthier than American. Less cases of Alzheimers, STDs and Aids. Europeans eat better and so do the Japanese. Americans are brainwashed by the corporate elite. I have been to europe amny times and they love their system.

    March 22, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. John the Historian

    We need national health care now. Over 47 million with no health care.

    March 22, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Sarah

    This health care is helping a lot of people including me & i think those Democrates should be thrown out of congress

    March 22, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    If you go to a doctor for some ailment that requires an x-ray or certain test, you get it done. If you want a 2nd or 3rd opinion do you want Medicare to pay for doing those same tests all over again. Better yet, do you want one of these insurance middlemen handling the paperwork for patients and doctors alike. The middleman charges the government for a 2nd and 3rd test, but gives the 2nd and 3rd doctors the results for the original single test.

    We currently have nothing in place to oversee that type of fraud and waste. I can imagine worse scenarios. But , why would conservatives of all people be against eliminating fraud and wasted tax dollars? Because look at whose pocket will get less money if the boards are effective at doing their jobs, the companies in this new Medicare Insurance industry GWB created.

    March 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    The rightie comments here are filled with "estimated", " probably", and " supposed to": how about some concrete facts? Anyone who supported an industry where premiums rose in the double digits year after year with no corresponding increase in services is supporting theft and graft on an unprecedented scale. The free-market circus has not worked in favor of the consumer, and the righties want to remove anything that could possibly prevent protect us with their blind adherance to an interpretation of the free market that would make Adam Smith scream. The godfather of Capitalism believed in a regulated market with rules, and he did NOT trust businessmen in politics because he knew they could not look beyond their own self-interest.

    March 22, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |