On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The vote, which will undoubtedly fail in the U.S. Senate, is seen as
a symbolic effort on the part of the Republican Party to say, “The Supreme Court may have upheld it, but it’s still a bad law.”
The vote largely followed party lines, with 244 members voting for the repeal, and 185 members voting against the repeal. All Republicans voted in favor of repeal, joined by five Democrats.
This effort will meet with certain defeat in the Senate, as Democrats currently comprise a majority. To date, there have been two other House votes to repeal the entirety of the law, and 32 efforts to repeal or defund various portions of the law. All of these votes have not survived the Senate,
The vote will serve to keep health care in the public arena in preparation for the upcoming elections. Republicans hope to use the vote to highlight Democratic support for PPACA, which is still unpopular with a majority of the American public. On the other hand, Democrats will likely condemn the vote as being futile and overshadowing the more pressing issue of spurring growth in a still-weak economy.
Certainly, the vote is demonstrative of an effort on behalf of the Republican Party to repeal the Act. House Speaker John Boehner said, “This law continues to make our economy worse and there’s even more resolve to see that it is fully repealed. We’re giving our colleagues in the Senate another chance to heed the will of the American people. And for those who did not support repeal the last time, it’s a chance for our colleagues to reconsider.”
A poll recently released by ABC News and the Washington Post shows that Americans are evenly divided in their support or opposition for the law.
Clearly the debate over PPACA still looms large and many questions remain even after the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the majority of the Act. The debate will surely continue until the November elections.
As always, BenefitMall pledges to keep you up-to-date on these issues and more. Stay tuned to www.benefitmall.com and www.HealthcareExchange.com.
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