- House Votes to Repeal Affordable Care Act (Again)
- March 18, 2015
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
- On Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House voted, once again, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote was 239 to 186. Interestingly, three Republicans actually voted against repeal - all representing districts that are expected to be hard to hold in 2016.
It's the fourth time in four years the GOP-led House has passed a stand-alone bill to fully repeal Affordable Care Act—or the sixth time,(if you count budget resolutions, which include full repeal but are nonbinding. Including bills to defund or repeal parts of the law, the House has held more than 50 votes relating to the Affordable Care Act since Republicans took control in 2011.
President Obama has signed some of those smaller measures, but Tuesday's full-repeal bill does seem to stand a chance in being pushed through - much like its predecessors.
The vote was largely symbolic, giving freshman Republicans a chance to take an easy, politically beneficial vote, which fulfilled a campaign promise for many of them. More experienced members don't have anything to lose by reiterating their support for repeal, even if they already did so in 2011, and/or 2012, and/or 2013.
And for the party's leadership, giving the rank and file a fresh chance to declare their support for full repeal might also come in handy if Republicans find themselves trying to patch up the law this summer.