Health Care

Repeal Roundup: GOP Schedules Partisan Messaging Vote, Continues to Defer Work on Jobs & Fiscal Challenges

The Supreme Court’s decision this morning reassured millions of American families that affording quality health care would no longer be an obstacle to receiving it.  However, Republicans said today they are still committed to returning America to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, charge women higher premiums than men for the same plan, and deny young people the ability to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26.  Embracing that commitment, Republican Leader Cantor has scheduled a messaging vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act the week of July 9, that everyone knows won’t accomplish anything: 

POLITICO:  “The House will vote to repeal the health care law — again — on July 11, the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said. But it will most likely amount to little: Democrats didn’t want to repeal it when its constitutionality was still in question, and now they have the Supreme Court’s stamp of approval.”

Washington Post:  “If the House follows through on its promise of a repeal vote on July 11 that move is not likely to make much of an immediate difference--at least, not in a legal sense. Democrats are still in control in the Senate. So the House’s repeal would have little chance of passage there.

Wall Street Journal:  “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said GOP leaders would bring a bill to the House floor the week of July 9 to repeal the health-care law. Shortly after Republicans took control of the House in the wake of the 2010 midterm elections, House lawmakers voted along party lines to repeal the law. Such efforts haven't gone far with a Senate and White House controlled by Democrats.”

The highest court in the land has passed judgment, yet Republicans continue to tilt at the windmills of a health care repeal.  What Americans want is progress on jobs and certainty for businesses.  Not another wasted week of partisan messaging.