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…and the poor, and seniors, and the uninsured?

Today, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

The House has repealed ‪#ObamaCare‬! We must repeal this bill that’s increasing health care costs & making it harder for businesses to hire. 12:57 PM – 11 Jul 12

First of all, Representative Hartzler (r) [and the republican controlled House] didn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act. That would take the concurrence of the Senate. She [and they] voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

And if repeal came to pass, what would that mean?

Preexisting conditions? Lifetime limits on coverage? Wellness visits? Children on their parent’s insurance until age twenty-six? Limits on insurance company overhead?

From Cass County Prosecutor and 4th Congressional District Democratic Party candidate Teresa Hensley’s campaign:


July 11, 2012



Raymore, MO – Today, despite a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that appeared to settle the issue, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and the rest of the House of Representatives voted for the 31st time in the last 18 months to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“The Supreme Court decided that the Affordable Care Act should stand,” said Cass County Prosecutor and congressional candidate Teresa Hensley.  “Whether you believe that’s a good decision or a bad one, the Supreme Court has ruled. Now it’s time to move forward.  The fact that Congresswoman Hartzler and the rest of Congress continue to argue and debate a topic that’s been settled by the highest court in the land is just another example of how broken things are in Washington. Instead of the bickering, Congress needs to start tackling some of the big issues Missouri families are facing.”

According to NPR, since the first attempt on January 19, 2011, “the House has taken 30 floor votes to try to repeal, defund or dismantle the health care law.”  [NPR, 7/9/12]  Today’s vote marks the 31st attempt.  Congress has repeatedly sought to repeal the act, but has yet to offer an alternative policy.

As a Member of Congress, Hensley would prioritize:

Job Creation.  Provide incentives to small businesses for hiring.  End the outsourcing of American jobs.  Make strategic investments to repair Missouri’s crumbling infrastructure.

Responsible Budgeting.  Cutting wasteful spending like big tax giveaways to oil companies that don’t need them – not programs seniors and the middle class rely on.

Support for Military and Veterans.  Prevent cuts to bases – like those in the 4th district – that provide good local jobs for the communities in which they are a part of.  Make sure our military has the resources it needs.  Provide veterans with top-notch health care services and access to job opportunities when they return home.

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Thirty-one attempts to do away with health care reform by the republican right wingnuts in the U.S. House of Representatives. And still no action on jobs.