House holds Obamacare debate in advance of tomorrow’s repeal vote
House has started five hours of scheduled debate leading up to vote on repealing the health care law. Any guesses how this ends tomorrow?
— JaredHalpern (@JaredHalpern) July 10, 2012
Shortly after the Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold Obamacare, House Republicans announced that they would be holding a vote on July 11 to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Debate over the potential repeal of the law is underway on the House floor. You can view the proceedings here.
The president’s already weighed in on the subject:
As House begins debate on bill to repeal ObamaCare, Pres Obama tells Cedar Rapids rally "this law's here to stay."
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 10, 2012
Great. That’s great.
Looks like the House is in for a long day:
Our government just voted on rules for a debate. After 5 hrs of debate, a vote will be made to repeal Obamacare. It took 2 hrs to do this.
— Greg (@gregwendland) July 10, 2012
4 Democrats voted for health care repeal rule- Boren, Kissell, McIntyre, Ross.
— Jill Jackson (@jacksonjk) July 10, 2012
Let’s hope that number increases tomorrow.
— Jean R. Ewing (@GenNerd) July 10, 2012
@RepDianaDeGette the ppl spoke LOUDLY AGAINST OBAMACARE they even gave pink slips to over 60 reps that voted against their will on it!!!!
— Isabelle H-Gustafson (@izzysroses) July 10, 2012
The arguments today for and against repeal essentially fall along party lines. Republicans cite the dangers Obamacare poses to the struggling economy, with skyrocketing healthcare costs and reduced jobs, and the harm socialized medicine has caused in Europe.
Michigan Rep. Paul Gosar took a more unique approach to making the Republican argument for repeal: Dr. Seuss.
how you know this is the 32nd time Rs have repealed hcr law: Az Rep. Paul Gosar doing play on green eggs and ham on house floor.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 10, 2012
Too bad more debates don’t include rhyming couplets.
Other than that brief moment of poetry, the representatives didn’t add much new material to the debate over health care reform. Democrats predictably brought up the millions of Americans who would be uninsured if Obamacare were repealed while failing to mention those Americans who elected to decline insurance. And, lest the Left try a different approach to making its points, a few Democratic congressmen made sure to name-drop sickly children who would die without the Affordable Care Act.
Several lefty Twitterers have noted that this isn’t the first time House Republicans will have voted to repeal Obamacare.
Rep. @keithellison on GOP voting to repeal Obamacare 31 times: You need healthcare after you have your hand chopped off for stealing.
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) July 10, 2012
— Haggs Boson (@HaggsBoson) July 10, 2012
How much of an effect will today’s debate have? Not much, according to some.
House officially begins debate on Obamacare repeal bill. Five hours. No chance of Senate vote. So, there we are.
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) July 10, 2012
Will five hours of debate on Obamacare change one vote in Congress?
— Jay (@JaysComments) July 10, 2012
But maybe things will be different this time around.
Hmm -CT Dem Rep Chris Murphy comparing #hcr repeal to Fatal Attraction "House Republicans have finally hit their boil the bunny moment"
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrewalshcnn) July 10, 2012
We’ll find out soon enough.
Twitchy will be covering the vote live tomorrow.