House Votes Yes on New Health Care Law, Indiana Reps Vote Party
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The United State House of Representatives has voted to essentially dismantle major portions of the Affordable Care Act, which it could not agree to do earlier this year. The vote was 217 to 213.
Indiana votes along party lines
Indiana representatives who voted in favor of the American Health Care Act are Rep. Jim Banks, Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Larry Bucshon, all Republicans.
Voting no from Indiana were Rep. Andre' Carson and Rep. Pete Visclosky, both Democrats.
“While this is not a perfect bill, it is a significant step forward from the failures of Obamacare. This legislation has many important reforms that will benefit Hoosier families. These include permanently repealing the medical device tax, eliminating the individual mandate, opening up new options for states and protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions," said Rep. Jim Banks, of Indiana's 3rd Congressional District.
"Today is an important step in the long process of rolling back Obamacare, enacting free market reforms and improving our country’s health care system," said Banks.
House speaker comments
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Obamacare continues to prompt chaos and is collapsing. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi chided Republicans for bringing their bill back after it collapsed in March. She called it a "zombie" bill, rising from the dead.
"Let's give people more choices and more control over their care," said Ryan, who said that ObamaCare is a "failing" law.
"Let's return power from Washington to the states," Ryan said.
"A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote." Ryan said. Many lawmakers, he added are "here because they promised to cast this vote."
Congress has to abide by their own rules
There was a separate bill also passed before the one that dismantles the ACA that ensures members of Congress are not immune to their own health care plan.
The bill must now go to the Senate, where it faces the same kind of debate that almost had it defeated in the House.
Democrats were critical on the behavior of House Republicans on their votes.
“Congressmen Rokita and Messer have broken their promise to voters: their plan spikes costs, slashes coverage and provides a clear and telling example of how they are pushing the agenda of the rich and the powerful at the expense of Indiana residents who actually work for a living," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein, in a statement following Rokita and Messer's votes in favor of the bill.
"Their Plan makes older Americans pay five times more for care, strips away coverage for pre-existing conditions, and threatens vital drug abuse prevention and women’s healthcare services, all to give big insurance companies another handout. Americans of every political persuasion are united in opposition to these proposals and if they choose to run for Senate, Rokita and Messer will be held accountable for their toxic healthcare agenda.”
From the Senate, Indiana's Joe Donnelly called the House move "disastrous legislation".
“Hard-working Hoosier families, including the more than 400,000 Hoosiers who have care through HIP 2.0 or the millions of Hoosiers with a pre-existing condition, deserve better than this disastrous legislation. This bill would make it tougher and more expensive for people – including those with pre-existing conditions – to get coverage, harder to access opioid and heroin treatment programs, and raise premiums on older Americans. We should be making our health care system better, not worse, and I remain focused on working together to improve health care coverage for Hoosiers," said Donnelly, in a statement.
Donnelly has encouraged lawmakers to repair the Affordable Care Act instead.
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