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WASHINGTON, DC- As its first major act, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives voted today on a bill promising the complete repeal Obamacare. The bill passed with a unanimous Republican vote along with the support of three House Democrats, proving that the demand to repeal Obamacare is a real, bipartisan fight that will lead to a serious debate in the Senate.
The antithesis of a free market, Obamacare is a job-killing, micro-managing law that threatens to skyrocket insurance costs, bankrupt the federal government, and take away patients’ choices. It was rammed through Congress last year by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi without garnering a single Republican vote. In December 2010, a Virginia federal judge ruled the Obamacare mandate on all Americans to purchase health insurance to be unconstitutional.
FreedomWorks’ network of over 1 million grassroots activists 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. Activists were encouraged to visit the FreedomWorks Repeal Obamacare War Room to learn more about how to get more involved.
“Control of health care decisions belongs in the hands of patients, families, and their doctors- not politicians and their pals. Today’s House vote is a major legislative victory that is both historic and unprecedented. Never before has a strong bipartisan majority voted to repeal an entitlement program of this magnitude,” commented Dean Clancy, Vice President of Health Care Policy at FreedomWorks.
“This effort is far from symbolic. Repeal is real. This victory creates huge momentum for a Senate vote. Today’s House vote shows the sustaining influence of the tea party movement in today’s political climate. Without the strong base of grassroots support surrounding the Obamacare repeal, this limited-government victory never would have happened.”
The House vote to repeal Obamacare is another victory for the Contract FROM America, an authentic, ten-point grassroots document advocating fundamental tax reform, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and the full repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
“While FreedomWorks applauds the House vote to repeal Obamacare, the fight is far from over,” said Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks.
“The next step is to take this momentum and compel Harry Reid to have a vote on the repeal bill in the Senate. We’re not stopping until we get to the White House.”