Healthcare News July 12, 2012

  • House votes 244-185 to repeal Obama healthcare reform law

    Members approved the bill in a 244-185, with five Democrats siding with Republicans.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House votes to repeal healthcare reform law

    The House voted again on Wednesday to repeal healthcare reform, giving both Democrats and Republicans a chance to test-drive the narratives they will use with voters on the campaign trail. 

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) described the vote as chance for “our colleagues to reconsider” their past support for the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans argue is weighing down an already slow economy. Democrats, meanwhile, painted Republicans as obsessed with their opposition to healthcare to the point where other concerns — such as the economy — are secondary.

    The vote came down as expected, 244-185, with five Democrats siding with the Republicans. Among them was Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah), who faces a tough fight for reelection. “With the Supreme Court ruling behind us, and as I reflect on my conversations with Utahns, I think about protecting the future of our economy,” he said in a statement following the vote. “We must scrap this flawed effort once and for all, start over, and do it right.”

  • Conservatives tell GOP leaders they want healthcare funding fight this year

    House conservatives are gathering signatures this week for a letter asking GOP leaders to defund the healthcare law this year.

  • Verrilli shrugs off criticism of his healthcare arguments

    Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who successfully defended President Obama’s healthcare law before the Supreme Court, passed up a chance Wednesday to fire back at pundits and lawyers who criticized his performance at the court.

    Verrilli’s performance during oral arguments in the healthcare case received harsh reviews at the time — CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declared the arguments a “train wreck” for the Obama administration.

    Verrilli was vindicated late last month when the court upheld the healthcare law in a 5-4 decision. But he passed up the chance for a “told-you-so” moment at a Heritage Foundation event recapping the court’s term. 

    “I’m a government official. I’ve got a weighty responsibility. I ought to be subject to criticism like any government official with a weighty responsibility. And I guess I was, and I’m OK with that, and that’s just the nature of the process and that’s the way it should be,” Verrilli said.

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