Health Care Law: House Passes Repeal on Affordable Healthcare Bill
Jul 12, 2012 01:13 PM EDT
On Thursday, in a 244-185 the House voted on strong party lines to repeal the Affordable Health Care Bill. This is the 33 time the historic legislation has been repealed.
On Wednesday, House Speaker, John Boehner announced that a voting was to take place in the House. The real question is if there is a point for this vote. After the green light from the nation's apex court and a Democrat-led senate, there is no way the Affordable Healthcare Act has even the slightest chance of repeal. Then why is the House going through the process? Is there a legitimate goal or is it merely a "political charade" as the democrats are calling it?
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Boehner explains, "Hope springs eternal...This is not what the American people want. They want to be empowered to make decisions about their own health care and their family's health care. They don't want the government involved in this, and so we're going to continue to work to repeal this," as reported by ABC News.
However, one cannot help but wonder at the waste of time and energy. The G.O.P does not have an alternate healthcare plan, in addition to this, CBS News pointed out that the maneuver was not simply a matter of time, but money.
"The House, according to the Congressional Research Service, costs taxpayers $24 million a week to operate, those two weeks (referring to time spent on the 33 repeals) amounted to a total cost of approximately $48 million," according to CBS News.
In partial foresight of the court's decision House Speaker John Boehner warned "We've made it pretty clear and I'll make it clear one more time: If the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what's left of it...Obamacare is driving up the cost of health care and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers," as reported by ABC News.
On June 28, in the most awaited decision of the year, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the most controversial part of the healthcare plan. The individual mandate clause, which requires every American to have healthcare or incur a financial penalty, was upheld as being within the constitutional authority of the federal government to impose taxes. The Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obama care was upheld in a 5-4 vote.