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The repeal will stop dead in the Democratic-dominated Senate and joins the long list of political posturing by the GOP against the health care “reform” law.
But Wednesday’s vote brought a surprise when Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah joined four other members of his party in voting for the repal.
Said Matheson in a statement:
We must scrap this flawed effort once and for all, start over, and do it right. The goal we all share is bipartisan reform that ensures access to quality care and addresses continued rising costs that affect every Utah family and small business…It is time for Congress to repeal this law and replace it with new legislation. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, I stand ready to work with both parties to achieve bipartisan, sustainable solutions to meet this challenge.
Matheson joined retiring Democratic Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Mike Ross of Arkansas, along with North Carolina Dems Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre — who face tough elections — in opposing Obamacare.