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Reaction to House Obamacare Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Friday, the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) for the 41st time. This time, Republicans say they won't approve a budget that pays for the program. Below is reaction from Iowa's Congressional Delegation about today's vote:
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): "While the Democratically-led U.S. Senate continues to work as it has throughout the year to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation, the U.S. House remains focused on ideology. Today, it went beyond partisanship by threatening to shut down the government if the Affordable Care Act is not gutted. This kind of obsession would be laughable if the economic stakes were not so high for middle class families."
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): "The American people understand the hypocrisy and injustice of the individual mandate as well as the disastrous effect the law will have on our health care system. Currently, 57% of American oppose Obamacare. With this vote today, the House took a strong stand against Obamacare by passing a bill that would fund the entire government except for the new entitlements and onerous mandates contained within Obamacare. I offered this very same amendment in February of 2011, and I am glad that it was finally adopted by the House today. The largest chuck of Obamacare is set to take effect on October 1, and so now is the time to make this stand."
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa): "The bill approved by the House today is an irresponsible approach to budgeting that puts the United States on a path to a government shutdown. This could imperil critical functions like the processing of Social Security benefits and making sure Iowa National Guard troops are paid. The political games need to stop. Congress needs to work together, reach across the party divide, and focus on serious proposals that keep the government from shutting down."
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa): "Now that the Tea Party has gotten this out of their system, let's put the partisan bickering aside and get to work on the basics that the American people expect and avoid yet another self-inflicted wound to our economy. Instead of veering from one manufactured crisis to another, Washington must come together to re-focus its energy on job creation and the conditions necessary to promote it, while taking the difficult but necessary steps to substantially reduce the unsustainable deficit. I will continue to work on a bipartisan basis to achieve these goals."