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August 02, 2013

House votes 232-185 to bar IRS from enforcing new health care law

The House of Representatives voted 232-185 Friday--on a largely party line vote--to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing the new health care law.

But the effort  was largely a political exercise since Democrats, who control the Senate and the White House, won’t let the law die.

Republicans were determined Friday to leave the nation with a strong message as Congress left for a five week recess. A vote that combined two of the party’s favorite targets—the IRS and health
care—proved an inviting target.

The IRS has a vital role in implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, usually referred to as Obamacare. The IRS has to act on 47 of the law’s provisions, including
many of the more controversial ones.

But the IRS has been under fire for weeks because it targeted some conservative groups seeking tax exemptions. And Republicans have fiercely fought to dismantle the 2010 health care law; Friday’s
house vote was the 40th attempt at repeal.

Democrats felt Republicans gave them their own useful talking point as they head home—that Republicans are obsessed with the IRS and health care, and have done little to advance a
federal budget or an immigration overhaul.

“Call them the Repealicans, or perhaps the Repealican’ts, because they can’t repeal anything,” said Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

But to Republicans, the IRS and the health care law are ideal symbols of what scares them the most about Washington: Big, expensive, out of control government.

“This is nothing short of an unwelcome big government overreach into the most personal aspect of our lives,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

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Trippin

@Sandy, if you took the time to understand what's in the bill, you'd like it too. Pretty much everyone who gets past the lies of the right wing smear campaign does. What's divisive is the desperation of the right wing to kill any reform that might make insurance companies hold up their end of the bargain. The stench of their fear that Americans are going to like the bill once they experience its benefits first hand is overwhelming, in spite of the hundreds of millions they've spent trying to scuttle it, but soon will pass. And please, no whining about how it's not 100% perfect right out of the box. Things worth doing take sustained effort and continuous improvement. Stop feeding the divisiveness: you lost the election -- get over it.

Trippin

And America votes 85% to 15% that Congress sucks.

Sandy

Never mind the name-calling and finger-pointing; the fact is that the "Affordable" health care act is highly divisive and broadly unpopular. Pelosi shepherded the bill through in the dark of night (literally) over a holiday period when she knew people with certain religious beliefs would likely be away from Congress. Furthermore, she pushed through a bill which was poorly written in the extreme and which few who voted for it had read or understood. If those who pass legislation don't understand what they have wrought upon the public, then the old refrain "ignorance of the law is no excuse" MUST die. Laws should be written so that every legislator who votes for the bill understand it well, and a reasonable everyday individual can understand it as well. Obamacare fails every test for reasonableness and clarity, and should therefore be repealed and replaced with something which is much more clear and less invasive of individual choice and privacy.

jt

Scared ignorant little bagger slimes...That is $65 million taxpayer dollars they have waste on doing noting but ignorant ideological obstruction...

Call them out daily at their local offices..they are going on vacation for 5 WEEKS>

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