GUINTA VOTES TO REPEAL OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE LAW

by Christian Mower on July 12, 2012

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE FRANK GUINTA OF NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTED WITH FELLOW REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS WEDNESDAY TO REPEAL PRESIDENT OBAMA’S TWO-YEAR OLD HEALTHCARE LAW.

THE VOTE WAS 244-185 – LARGELY ALONG PARTY LINES – AND CAME AFTER THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RECENTLY RULED THE HEALTH CARE LAW IS CONSTITUTIONAL.

WEDNESDAY’S HOUSE VOTE IS SEEN BY MANY AS SYMBOLIC BECAUSE THE LEGISLATION IS EXPECTED TO DIE IN THE DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED SENATE.

GUINTA SAYS HE WANTS TO FULLY REPEAL THE CURRENT LAW AS A FIRST STEP AND THEN FOCUS ON WHAT HE CALLS A “PATIENT CENTERED” APPROACH.

HE WOULD THEN WORK TO GET GREATER ACCESSIBILITY AND PORTABILITY – AMONG OTHER STEPS HE SAYS CAN BE TAKEN RIGHT AWAY TO REDUCE THE COSTS OF HEALTH CARE.