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House Republican Freshman Want Symbolic Vote to Repeal Obamacare

| by Michael Allen
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The Republican House has voted to repeal Obamacare over 30 times, but that's not enough for some Republican freshmen who want yet another "symbolic" vote to repeal Obamacare, which won't be fully-implemented until 2014.

According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) asked the GOP House leaders to hold another repeal vote so that freshman members can brag about about being "anti-Obamacare" to their conservative constituents, who oppose health care for most of the nation.

“If you’re a freshman, the guys who’ve been up here the last year, we can go home and say listen, we voted 36 different times to repeal or replace Obamacare. Tell me what the new guys are supposed to say,” Rep. Mulvaney said. “We haven’t had a repeal or replace vote this year.”

Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) added: “We have not had a chance as freshmen to do that. Even if it’s just symbolic, and even if we understand that process-wise we are not going to be able to say, okay we want repeal, it’s done, and it’s over. But this is the issue that so many people around the country who love the Republican Party are frustrated with.”

“We need to get a vote on full repeal, and I’ve asked leadership for this. I’m a cosponsor of Michele Bachmann’s bill … that just goes straight at it for full repeal,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). "We need to continue fighting for repeal. We need a clean vote on repeal.”

The freshmen Republicans did not mention that the Senate would also have to repeal Obamacare and President Obama would have to sign it for their to be an actual repeal.

So far, the parts of Obamacare that have been enacted allow children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans longer. Women are able to get preventive medical care, including contraceptives, which is covered 100% by their health insurance plans.

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com