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WASHINGTON, DC- Following a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives to repeal ObamaCare, the Senate decided to reject the “McConnell Amendment” calling for the full repeal of Obamacare in a 51-47 party line vote. While the vote was a pyrrhic victory for the Left, it was a moral victory for activists and taxpayers nationwide advocating the full repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
“We got 40 votes against socialized medicine last March, and 47 yesterday. We are making progress. Elections make a difference,” commented Dean Clancy, FreedomWorks Legislative Counsel and VP of Health Care Policy.
“Senator McConnell promised a vote on ObamaCare repeal, and we congratulate him for delivering. We hope that all the Republicans and more of the Democrats in Congress will support our efforts until we put full repeal legislation on the President’s desk, even if it takes us through the 2012 elections. Obamacare enthusiasts: dismiss this movement at your own political peril.”
In the weeks leading up to the vote, Federal Judges in both Virginia and Florida have ruled the Obamacare mandate to be unconstitutional. In the wake of these decisions, FreedomWorks calls on the Obama Administration to immediately cease further implementation of the health care law, pending appeals.
"The rule of law demands that Judge Vinson's ruling be obeyed by all federal officers, pending appeals," said Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks.
"Whatever the Administration's opinion on the law's constitutionality, a federal judge's decision is always binding with respect to the actual parties to the case. The ability to enforce this unconstitutional law was removed in the 26 states that won the Florida suit. How can the Administration implement the law in less than half the states in the Union? There is no right to enforce an unconstitutional law, and no sense in doing so."
FreedomWorks’ network of over 1 million grassroots activists has led the fight for healthcare freedom with a nationwide campaign of emails, phone calls to Congress, and district office visits to support the repeal of Obamacare and its replacement with a patient-centered approach to health care. The organization plans to continue its efforts with key members of Congress to pass “effective repeal” bills, patient-centered replacement bills, and to push for an expedited Supreme Court review of the Obamacare cases.