'Constitutional, But Not Wise': House Strikes Down ObamaCare 244-185
"If we don't repeal this law, the consequences are going to be disastrous," McMorris Rodgers said.
Democrats protested that Republicans had brought ObamaCare repeal to the floor 30 times, with this being the second vote for total repeal. "Welcome to Groundhog Day in the House of Representatives!" exclaimed Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).
"Fortunately, the other body rejected this ill-fated effort the first 30 times and this time will be no different," said Assistant Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), calling the vote a "partisan charade."
However, House Republican leadership noted yesterday that the GOP has conducted 32 votes to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare -- and today's was No. 33.
This has resulted in the halting of three programs and the repeal or funding slashes for seven ObamaCare provisions, including reducing funding for the controversial IPAB board and repealing 1099 tax-reporting requirements on small businesses.
The White House vowed yesterday to veto the bill, should it somehow get through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Yet even though the official title of Cantor's bill in the congressional record is the Repeal of Obamacare Act, the Office of Management and Budget called it "Repealing the Affordable Care Act" instead.
"The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 6079 because it would cost millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage and care they deserve," states the veto threat. "It would increase the deficit and detract from the work the Congress needs to do to focus on the economy and create jobs."
The House recessed after the early afternoon final debate on the measure so that Democratic leaders could meet with President Obama in the Oval Office. Attendees included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Pelosi, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Hoyer, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Clyburn, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
The White House said the closed-door meeting was to "discuss their legislative agenda for the coming months and his proposals to provide small businesses new incentives to grow and hire, encourage companies to create jobs here at home, and ensure that middle class families don’t see a massive tax hike at the end of the year."
On the House floor, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), lamenting that there are only 44 working days left in this Congress, said "interestingly enough, we're not going to deal with important things."
Wielding a wooden gavel that he said was tied to ObamaCare passage and an appearance on The Daily Show, Dingell promised to lend it to Republicans "if you promise to use it for something good."
"I say shame," Dingell continued past his allotted time. "You're wasting the time of the American people. You're wasting the time of the Congress."
"The voters get the last word in November," said Rep. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.). "Stay tuned."