Driving the Day: Spinning Repeal

Newsrooms across America characterized last night’s vote on repeal of Obamacare as purely symbolic.

New York Times: House Votes for Repeal of Health Law in Symbolic Act

UK’s Guardian: Republicans repeal healthcare reforms in symbolic vote

Interestingly, that was the exact same rhetoric used by many House Democrats during the debate.

Read more to see the vote breakdown and the contrasting statements from Representatives on each side.

And then there is this vote breakdown, courtesy of POLITICO’s Huddle:

THE THREE DEMOCRATS — Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Mike Ross (Ark.) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.) voted for the repeal.

Ross: ‘An overwhelming majority of my constituents continue to oppose this health care reform law and I believe we should repeal it, start over and listen to the majority of the American people – not the special interests and party leaders in Washington.”

Boren: ‘[W]hen taken as a whole, the health care legislation adds far too many taxes, mandates, and regulations that burden Oklahoma families and prevent our nation’s job creators from producing the kind of economic growth that is sorely needed. Furthermore, a clear majority of my constituents want this law repealed and replaced with a more workable solution.’

10 VOTED AGAINST THE LAW AND THE REPEAL — Jason Altmire (Pa.), John Barrow (Ga.), Ben Chandler (Ky.), Tim Holden (Pa.), Larry Kissell and Heath Shuler (N.C.), Dan Lipinski (Ill.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Contrast the statements of Congressmen Ross and Boren to the statement made by Congressman Shuler, who called repeal “immoral.”

Spin and absurd statements aside, it is increasingly clear that Americans oppose Obamacare.  Last night’s vote was the first victory in the long road to repeal – and that should make pro-Obamacare Senators Democrats.

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