The vote to repeal ObamaCare: 245 aye, 189 no. The roll call is here.
In this part of the country, Morgan Griffith, Eric Cantor, Robert Hurt, and Bob Goodlatte all voted in favor of scrapping the mess and starting over.
Griffith's office released the following to the press:
Washington – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 2, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. The bill passed the House 245-189.Thanks go out to Griffith and his fellow Republicans for looking out for the people.
“Your personal health care decisions should be made by you and your doctor, and no one else. Our health care system needs reform, but ObamaCare is not the answer. ObamaCare will ultimately destroy valuable jobs. We can do better than a government takeover.
“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution. When it comes to health care, we need choices--not unconstitutional mandates. We need commonsense policies that create jobs and improve access to care without busting the budget. Repealing ObamaCare will end the 1099 mandate and give businesses the certainty they need to grow.
Congressman Griffith is an original co-sponsor of this legislation. Now that the bill has cleared the House, it will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
The legislation now goes to the Senate where the Democrats are in control. Expect it to be shot down (if it ever even comes to a vote). Harry Reid has vowed to protect his Dem buddies there, so it's quite possible that our sorry excuses for senators, James Webb and John Warner, won't have to expose themselves to certain derision. A cowardly act on Reid's part if he buries it, but that's the way it works.
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You can see Griffith's floor speech before the vote here:
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The Wall Street Journal:
The GOP does need to craft a reform alternative based on competition and market incentives that is more than a return to the status quo ante. And while "repeal and replace" can't happen as long as Mr. Obama wields veto power, yesterday's vote sent an important signal to voters that ObamaCare can't be fixed at the margins when it is so destructive at its core.This much is certain: If we allow ObamaCare to stand, our once-great health care system will come crashing down.
Republicans need to act. And act now. Obama has, in the last two years, proven that he can be rolled. So roll over him and fix this thing.