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House votes to repeal Obamacare

July 12, 2012
The Business Journals
Kent Hoover

The House voted 244-185 this afternoon to repeal health care reform, underscoring the importance of this issue to Republicans’ hopes of defeating President Barack Obama and winning control of the Senate in November.

Both of those outcomes are necessary in order for Republicans to have a chance to make repeal a reality.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made an economic case for repealing the Affordable Care Act.

“It is making our economy worse, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers,” he said.

Business groups ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the National Retail Federation made similar arguments in letters to House members that urged them to vote in favor of repeal.

Five Democrats voted with Republicans for repeal.

Most Democrats, however, sided with the White House, which contended that repeal would “cost millions of hard-working middle-class families the security of affordable health coverage and care they deserve.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was booed today at the NAACP convention in Houston when he promised he would repeal Obamacare.

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