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February 3, 2015

U.S. House votes to repeal ObamaCare ... again, Dold one of 3 GOPers to oppose

The U.S. House voted 239-186 to repeal Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act with no Democrat votes in support. Two Illinois Republicans sent out explanations for their votes immediately after casting them.

Republican Illinois Congressman John Shimkus (IL-15) supported the measure.

“The reality is that the President’s upending of our health insurance system has hurt more Americans than it has helped,” said Shimkus.

“On a family level, millions of Americans have lost plans they liked and were promised they could keep while others have been forced to pay hundreds of dollars more just to keep seeing their doctor,” Shimkus continued. “For employees and their employers, Obamacare’s costly mandates have led to cutbacks in hours, wages and hiring.”

Republican Illinois Congressman Bob Dold (IL-10) was one of three GOPers that opposed it, along with freshmen Reps. John Katko of New York and Bruce Poliquin of Maine.

“The people of the 10th District sent me to Congress to advance solutions, not sound bites, to the problems we face.   Among the issues that I believe congress must urgently address are the rising premiums and deductibles under the Affordable Care Act, along with the law’s massive cuts to Medicare programs and plan cancellations that have limited choices in healthcare.  I have always maintained that the Affordable Care Act was the wrong approach for America’s healthcare system and opposed its passage from the start.  However, the only way we are ever going to move beyond simply talking about the law’s many flaws and finally deliver solutions to the American people is through bipartisan reforms that can pass both chambers of congress and receive the President’s signature.

“Casting yet another symbolic vote for full repeal of the law, without any replacement legislation, simply distracts us from the work that must be done to drive costs down, restore access to care and make healthcare work for everyone.”

Illinois Review will post the Illinois delegation roll call as soon as its available. The bill now proceeds to the U.S. Senate. It is unknown how U.S. Senator Mark Kirk will vote on the measure.

Senator Dick Durbin has promised to oppose it. President Obama promises to veto it.

Source: Illinois Review