House votes to repeal Obamacare for 40th time

By Kay Steiger
Friday, August 2, 2013 15:19 EDT
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ABC interview 061113. Image via ABC News.
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The House of Representatives, in a 232-185 vote, again attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare” through a bill that would essentially block the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to enforce the individual mandate. This marks the 40th time the House of Representatives has tried to repeal Obamacare since the bill’s implementation.

The House vote on the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, sponsored by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), split nearly along party lines, with four Democrats joining Republicans on the bill: Reps. John Barrow (GA), Jim Matheson (UT), Mike McIntyre (NC) and Collin Peterson (MN), according to The Hill.

“I suspect we don’t want to call them the Republicans anymore, but I think we ought to call them the Repeal-icans. Or perhaps the Repeal-ican’ts, because they’ve never been able to repeal anything,” Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) said, according to Amanda Terkel at Huffington Post.

Republican Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) said on the House floor, “My day is not complete unless I vote to cut spending and repeal Obamacare.”

Watch the video of Culberson tout his opposition to the IRS enforcement of the Affordable Care Act, below.

[House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ABC interview 061113. Image via ABC News.]

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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