Just a few moments ago, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 45, which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — more commonly known as “ObamaCare” — by a 229 to 195 vote. An earlier motion by House Democrats to recommit the legislation to committee failed, 190 to 230.
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) described the vote to repeal as a “vote to stop the IRS,” a reference to the agency’s targeting of Tea Party groups and the new authority it has been given under ObamaCare.”
“The chief enforcers of this law – the IRS – have been outed as partisan political operatives. They’ve harassed and bullied and suppressed the political opponents of the Obama Administration,” said Graves from the floor of the chamber. “Now they want to be in charge of our health care? Give me a break. I don’t think so.”
“Members, this is your chance. This is your chance to weigh in on the IRS scandal,” he added. “A vote to repeal is a vote to stop the IRS.”
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the Senate will take up the ObamaCare repeal measure, despite their recent string of serious concerns with the law, including worries about rising insurance premiums and poor implementation efforts by the administration. President Barack Obama has promised to veto any measure that repeals the increasingly costly law.