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ObamaCare Is the Law: House Tea Party-GOP’s Charade Goes Nowhere

May 16, 2013
Press Release


For Immediate Release:  May 16, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) voted against the latest Republican maneuver to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  This effort marks the 37th time that House Republicans tried to repeal, defund, or dismantle ObamaCare.

“The Republican obsession with ObamaCare has become an addiction to empty gestures and meaningless floor votes to repeal, defund, and dismantle health benefits for tens of millions of Americans.  This debate is an embarrassing waste of time and tax dollars.  Congress should be focused on the implementation of the law to ensure health reform achieves its goal. Unfortunately, GOP governors, state legislatures, and Members of Congress are taking every possible opportunity to undermine ObamaCare’s effectiveness.

“With this vote, House Republicans are also voiding the most significant advancement in Indian health care in years, the update and permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. This vital legislation for Indian health care could easily have been exempt from this repeal, but instead the GOP purposefully voted to eliminate critical improvements and benefits for tribal nations.”

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf wrote House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to reiterate that a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit. In July 2012, the CBO estimated that repeal would raise the deficit by $109 billion over the next decade. 05.16.13 House Tea Party-GOP’s Charade Goes Nowhere

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.