Issue: H.R. 1213 To repeal mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges.
Result: Passed in House, 238 to 183, 11 not voting. Democrats scored.
Bill Summary: H.R. 1213 would repeal mandatory federal funding for state insurance exchanges and school-based medical construction. The mandatory funding was created in the 2009 “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act“ (Obamacare).
Analysis: Passing this bill in the GOP-controlled House is designed to convince voters that GOP legislators are acting responsibly to repeal the most onerous portions of Obamacare. However, it is difficult to regard these gestures as a serious effort to repeal a very unconstitutional (Supreme Court rulings to the contrary) federal power grab over the nation’s health care industry.
The enormous 2009 “Obamacare” power grab was a major gift from the president to the Insiders, repaying their support for him as a useful candidate for president. Insider-supported revolutionaries have been working to nationalize health care completely for almost a century. The strong public GOP opposition to Obamacare has served to diffuse public resistance by convincing many voters that the GOP is waging a sincere battle on their behalf.
However, the leaders of both parties march to the Establishment tune. It is therefore unlikely that the GOP would actually challenge this power grab if it actually had the presidency and control of both houses. More likely, GOP leaders would try to substitute something a little more palatable on the surface but equally as intrusive in the long run. Consider that the GOP leadership does not question other long-standing unconstitutional power grabs (e.g. Education and President Johnson’s Great Society) but merely advocates reform. This seems to pacify most conservatives.
Although we cannot give Republicans much credit for their vote, those few Democrats who voted for repeal against the position of their party leaders deserve our praise.
We have assigned (good vote) to the Ayes and (bad vote) to the Noes. (P = voted present; ? = not voting; blank = not listed on roll call.)