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McIntyre, Kissell vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act

Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act, the House pushed through yet another bill on Wednesday to repeal the two-year-old health care law.

Five Democrats, including Reps. Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell sided with the Republican majority in the 244-185 vote.

Afterwards, Democrat Rep. David Price released a statement criticizing the Republican-led House of Representatives for placing job creation on the back burner in order to try and scrap the landmark legislation.

“The consequences of repealing consumer protections and patient rights are the same as the last time the House Republicans voted to do so in January of 2011: insurance companies would again be able to discriminate against consumers with pre-existing conditions; parents of children with birth defects or asthma or cancer would not be able to insure their children, for example.  Seniors would see the cost of their prescription drugs increase, young people would be kicked off their parent’s insurance plans, and middle class Americans and small businesses would see their insurance costs rise.

“Fortunately, the bill advanced as a result of this legislative temper tantrum will not become law, but that should be no excuse for this sad example of Republicans putting politics ahead of people.  The people have spoken: it’s time for Republicans to get to work on jobs instead of taking patient protections away from American families.”

The bill is not expected to advance in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.

Here’s how the rest of North Carolina’s delegation voted on efforts to repeal ACA:

Yea
Rep. Renee Ellmers – 2nd District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Howard Coble – 6th District
Rep. Mike McIntyre – 7th District
Rep. Larry Kissell – 8th District
Rep. Sue Myrick – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District

Nay
Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District
Rep. David Price – 4th District
Rep. Heath Shuler – 11th District
Rep. Mel Watt – 12th District
Rep. Brad Miller – 13th District

8 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    July 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Note to David Price, it’s a little more than “just politics”. Considering most of the American people recognize what you haven’t yet, the fact that we can’t afford Obamacare in it’s current form. This is what happens when you pass the bill before you know what’s in it.

  2. david esmay

    July 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Frank, once again you’re babbling. Kissell and McIntyre’s district have changed and they’re willing to trade principles for votes. Boehner, Cantor, and the rest of the GOP oxygen thieves just wasted 50 million taxpayer dollars on the political stunt. Boehner,” We will focus like a laser on jobs.” Translation, “We will waste taxpayer time and money on anti-choice bills, naming post offices, anti-choice bills, and 33 don’t have a chance in hell repeals of the ACA.” They confused focus with fu@# us. The hypocrisy of the Republican party knows no bounds. It’s a repub plan, one they’ve been pushing since Everett Dirksen and Tricky Dick Nixon. They put it in Dole’s freaking platform. Rombot passed it Massachusetts and they pushed this plan until the Democratic party said yes. The GOP has zero credibility. More manipulative agenda driven moronic B.S. from the right.

  3. Rev. Carl Johnson

    July 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

    These two are DINOs and should be running on the Republican tickets. My suggestion is to expand Medicare and the VA system. If what the teabaggers refer to as ‘socialized medicine’ is good enough for the military, it’s good enough for me. It was, and I was glad that the military provided it.

  4. Frank Burns

    July 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Good Reverend,
    The problem with your suggestion is the VA system is very poorly run and inefficient. Medicare is rife with fraud. How many motorized wheel chairs are enough? The government run health care that you site does not have a good track record.

  5. david esmay

    July 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    There is less fraud in Medicare now that Rick Scott is governor of Florida and not running amuck in the private sector. 35-40% of premiums in private insurance goes to administration, about 3-6% in medicare. Private health care has as much or more fraud than public healthcare. End socialized medicine for congress, and provide single payer universal health care for the rest of us.

  6. Frank Burns

    July 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    David, I agree congress should not have a different plan than the rest of us. I disagree
    with single payer, what does that gain? Competion among multiple payers is better
    for competition and pricing.

  7. Jack

    July 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    The problem that any politician in Washington has when denouncing the Affordable Care Act is that they themselves are so well covered by healthcare such statements maks them both the hypocrite and the privileged. I would think that what is good enough for members of the U.S. Congress is certainly good enough for we the people.

    Members of the NCGA have healthcare coverage paid for by tax dollars. “Eighty-six percent of state legislators opted to have N.C. taxpayers pay for their health care, with 147 out of the 170 signed up for the State Health Plan.”

    Are members of the NCGA active participants in a vast socialist conspiracy? Certainly not but they are active participants in being a privileged class, therefore, don’t really understand the needs of families in NC.

  8. Paula Wolf

    July 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Even Shuler voted with the Democrats against repeal! Of course, he is not running for reelection, so he can suddenly speak (or keep quiet) and vote like the Democrat he was elected to be.