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Senate Republicans Fail in Attempt to Repeal National Health Care Law

Today's amendments are the first in the Senate dealing with health care reform, but they likely won't be the last

Feb. 2, 2011 - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced an amendment to an unrelated bill today that would repealed the health care law. Senate Republicans, however, failed to muster enough votes to repeal the law. But, a vote to delete a small, revenue-raising provision of the sweeping law did pass, in a bipartisan vote.

After Sen. McConnell made his move, senators from both sides took to the floor, with Republicans – including McConnell, Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and freshman Rand Paul, R-Ky. -  arguing that the country wants repeal.

Democrats – including Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., vociferously objected, maintaining that the benefits of the law are popular and outweigh any flaws in the legislation.

Reports from around the media:


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The Hill: "The Senate on Wednesday voted down a repeal of President Obama’s healthcare law in a 47-51 party-line vote. ... Republicans have vowed to carry the fight forward, saying they will seek to de-fund the law as it is implemented. The GOP also has promised Wednesday’s repeal vote will not be the last in this Congress" (Pecquet, 2/2).

The Associated Press: "Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the vote marked an opportunity for Democrats who voted for the bill last year 'to listen to those who have desperately been trying to get your attention. To say, yes, maybe my vote for this bill was a mistake, and that we can do better,' McConnell said. ... Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Republican repeal movement would 'take away a child's right to get health insurance and instead give insurance companies the right to use asthma or diabetes as an excuse to take away that care'" (Espo, 2/2).  

Reuters: The Senate voted on the measure "just two days after a federal judge struck down the year-old law as unconstitutional, a ruling that the Obama administration promptly announced it would appeal. The Republican-led House of Representatives, in keeping a campaign vow, voted to repeal the healthcare law last month. Senate rejection of repeal means the embattled law's fate will be decided by court challenges and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court, a process that could extend into next year" (Smith and Ferraro, 2/2).

The Washington Post: "Wednesday's amendments are the first in the Senate dealing with health care reform, but they likely won't be the last. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who on Tuesday introduced legislation with Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyo.) that would allow states to opt out of provisions of the health care law, has signaled that Republicans may offer more health-care-related amendments. ... Earlier Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first-ever hearing on the constitutionality of the health-care overhaul" (Sonmez, 2/2).

The Hill: "On their first try, Senators easily approved on Wednesday an amendment the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation to repeal the onerous 1099 provision included in the healthcare law. The Senate approved, on a 81-17 vote, a motion to waive the point of order against the amendment offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to eliminate the requirement that businesses must file the forms with the IRS for purchases of $600 or more" (Needham, 2/2).


Some of this information is reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.


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