After fortieth vote to gut Obamacare, lawmakers head home
August 2nd, 2013
01:23 PM ET
12 months ago

After fortieth vote to gut Obamacare, lawmakers head home

(CNN) – As their final act before leaving for their August break, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted Friday to disallow the Internal Revenue Service from implementing the Affordable Care Act – their fortieth attempt to repeal or gut the law known as Obamacare.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia passed 232-185, though like all other attempts by the GOP-led House to end the health care law, it's expected to go nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The IRS, to the chagrin of many Republicans already resentful of the tax agency, has been tasked with implementing many of Obamacare's key features, including the individual mandate to obtain health insurance. GOP skepticism of the Obamacare rollout was fueled by revelations the IRS was targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status for extra scrutiny.

"This is not an organization, the IRS, that the American people have any confidence or trust in at this point," Price said after Friday's vote. "That trust is going to have to be rebuilt. But until it is rebuilt, the last thing that we want is the Internal Revenue Service, the last thing the American people want, is the Internal Revenue Service being able to implement and enforce Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act."

Democrats have mocked Republicans attempts to repeal Obamacare as useless, given the balance of power in the Senate and the fact Obama himself still sits in the White House.

Speaking at a press conference Friday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her GOP colleagues would have trouble explaining themselves to voters during the August recess.

"How do you explain to the American people that today Congress will go into an August recess and after more than six months in this Congress, this Republican Congress, we still have no jobs bill, we have no budget bill and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling without repealing the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said.

"This was a do-nothing Congress and now it has gone to something worse. It's an aimless Congress that is falling into chaos; it's a make-matters-worse Congress. We should not leave until we address the challenges that we face," she continued.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. adamfhutton

    Reblogged this on Politics Starts Here.

    August 2, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    As this chapter comes to a close, Republicans walk out of the Capital seeing no evil, hearing no evil, and speaking no evil.

    August 2, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. kirk

    Hate as you will she is correct

    August 2, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    The House GOP are like some aging classic rock band at a cut-rate tribal casino: an exhausted performance of old tunes, rewarded with arthritic applause before they hobble off the stage.

    See ya next month, GOPhers! Looking forward to 41!

    August 2, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    LOL. The GOP/Teatrolls can't govern. They just proved it this week. They couldn't even get their own party to vote on bills designed to put into effect the budget they passed in the House. FAIL. So the Senate GOP/Teatrolls filibuster a bill to prevent funding the gov't to help "make up for it" and then the House Teatrolls try to polish the turd by passing a 40th go-nowhere symbolic attempt to defund the ACA. And STILL, not a single solitary attempt by the GOP/Teatrolls to pass legislation in the House that is targeted at the economy and creating jobs. The Great White Tantrum indeed.

    August 2, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "How do you explain to the American people that today Congress will go into an August recess and after more than six months in this Congress, this Republican Congress, we still have no jobs bill, we have no budget bill and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling without repealing the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said.
    --------------------–
    You can't explain it without sounding partisan. Republicans will blame the President. Democrats will blame the Republicans.

    August 2, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Boo

    Here we go again. I have an idea. LOCK THE DOORS. When these fascists come back to DC they won't be allowed in. WHO IN THE WORLD VOTES FOR THESE PEOPLE?

    August 2, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Aerin

    Hands Off My ObamaCare!!!

    August 2, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. anotherGDlefty

    Well I hope the House enjoys their 5 week paid vacation.
    You guys have earned it, tilting at windmills over and over and over can wear a ranting teabagger out.
    When you come back from your 5 week paid vacation, maybe you can try repealing everything else that would benefit all of society...good luck.

    August 2, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Warren

    Boo
    Here we go again. I have an idea. LOCK THE DOORS. When these fascists come back to DC they won't be allowed in. WHO IN THE WORLD VOTES FOR THESE PEOPLE?

    Better yet call them back in and lock the doors until they DO THEIR JOB.....

    August 2, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. quinLee

    who knew Bobby Jindal was a prophet.

    August 2, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. rs

    Pathetic. And what exactly does this ridiculous symbolic vote mean? It means Republicans are through. No jobs, no laws, no plan, no action. Just empty suits wasting taxpayer dollars.

    August 2, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    40 votes to repeal a law a sitting POTUS signed. Zero votes for jobs.

    The most pathetic and downright treasonous Congress in the history of this country.

    August 2, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Bob

    You of course meant to say the complete fools left:

    August 2, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Jojola

    Republican Congress has made a mockery out of our entire government system. They have sat on their hands and backsides since day one; all the while watching us Americans struggle through a bad economy. Not one has lifted a finger to help make America strong again. Any decent person in their right mind (if they had the power) would help someone in dire need. Not this group of hardhearted stiffs. They only add salt to a bleeding womb. Anyone who thinks republicans have Americans in their best interest should jump on the "Obamacare" wagon because it's obvious they need immediate medical attention.

    August 2, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. ST

    I can't understand what kind of a game these nuts are playing? Is this the right way to end up their assignment they were assigned by people? If I or you will work this way, I think our bosses will kick all of us out of the job. Why not these nuts? This kind of behaviour stinks more than normal. Kick them all out come 2014.

    August 2, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Yes Nancy, they do HATE Obama more than their self-professed love of America. Or, their love of being reelected.

    August 2, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. geekay

    You folks that want the PPACA law, don't know what you're asking for !!

    August 2, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. lew todd

    A few more comments like King and the repubes will be toast and you Know there are more to come as they just can't help it...The real sad part is that a poll shows that 68% of King's constiuients are in favor of comprehensive immigration reform...But that doesn't matter...

    August 2, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. JustAO

    25% of GOP voters think Obamacare has already been repealed. That kind of sums up how ignorant GOP voters are about Obamacare. The more depressing truth about these voters is that they don't even realize or understand that they (and their kids) are actually benefitting from the law and not being kicked off healthcare by private and greedy insurance companies anymore?

    August 2, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People Shutdown Government tea potty think that Americans aren't paying attention again. They thought the same thing on Nov 5 last year. 2014 comes quickly for them.

    August 2, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Ann Marie

    I'm hoping they stay gone...lock the doors

    August 2, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Just a thought

    Keep trying to rewind a law that was passed in 2010...If you work hard enough you might get Social Security repealed as well....you know another one of those "socialist policies that amurka is having forced down our throats by the evel Obama gubmint.....Please no one get these losers confused with this country's best and brightest...they are as far away from that as the east is to the west.

    August 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Just a thought

    You would think that the people that vote for the GOP/Tea foolery would be embarassed. I guess home schooling leaves you a very low bar of expectations.

    August 2, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. TEW

    Hey, as the Prez said......Don't Booo, VOTE!! Remember the mid-terms. Don't sit out as this is why we have the disfunction in the first place. If all voted in 2010 we would not have a Congress filled with extremist obstructionist

    August 2, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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