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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Against and Then for ObamaCare?

The vote in the House of Representatives to repeal ObamaCare on January 19 was important. It made clear the direction the current House wants to go on this crucial issue, and where individual members stand on the issue.

All of the 242 House Republicans voted for repeal, and they deserve a big thumbs up.

Also deserving credit are the three Democrats who voted to repeal – Reps. Dan Boren (OK), Mike Ross (AR) and Mike McIntyre (NC).

However, there is a particularly bewildering and unfortunate group in the House as well. That is, Democrats who voted against ObamaCare in March, but now voted against repeal. They are Ben Chandler (KY), Jason Altmire (PA), Jim Matheson (UT), Heath Schuler (NC), Larry Kissell (NC), Tim Holden (PA), John Barrow (GA), Collin Peterson (MN), Stephen Lynch (MA) and Dan Lipinski (IL).

A strange vote to say the least. Do these 10 flip-floppers suddenly believe that more government interference, regulation, mandates, spending and taxes are somehow going to be good for health care, small businesses and the economy?

Raymond J. Keating
Chief Economist
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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