Posted: Jul 12, 2012 7:14 AM by Katie Stukey - MTN News
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 7:15 AM
WASHINGTON, DC- The U.S. House has voted to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul on Wednesday with House Republicans insisting the American people want the law gone while Democrats called the vote a waste of time.
This is the 33rd time the Republican-controlled House has voted to scrap all or part of President Obama's health care reform law and Democrats are calling the vote "groundhog day in the U.S. House of Representatives."
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg supported Wednesday's repeal effort saying the healthcare regulations will hit the already struggling middle class.
"It's easy to see why President Obama's economy doesn't create jobs. It's too busy creating government. We need a new direction, but at every step, the Senate stands in the way. The Solution? Repeal this harmful law so we can get to work putting America back to work," Rehberg said.
Republicans know their repeal effort is doomed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but the vote forces everyone to go on the record as either for or against the law this campaign season.
It's no secret Rehberg's opponent in his bid for the U.S. senate supported the Affordable Care Act and Senator Jon Tester's office responded to the House action.
"Congressman Rehberg cast yet another irresponsible vote allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to Montanans with pre-existing conditions.. like pregnant women.. and to throw out tough new rules preventing insurance companies from kicking off people who get sick.. even seniors," Tester spokesman Aaron Murphy said in reaction the vote.