|By Tracie Mauriello, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
Republicans have tried some 30 times to repeal all or part of the law since it passed in 2010, providing sweeping changes to the American health care system.
Wednesday's attempt is as doomed in the Democrat-controlled
The 244-185 vote was widely considered an exercise in election year politics that allowed the
"This is a law the American people did not want when it was passed, and it remains a law that the American people do not want now," said Majority Leader
"I hope that now, after 31 votes, House Republicans have gotten this out of their system and we can finally put it behind us, give the new law a chance to work and move on to the challenge of creating more jobs," he said.
The repeal vote came two weeks after the controversial law survived a constitutional challenge.
"House Republicans are continuing their politically motivated attempts to repeal health care reform instead of responding to the priorities of the American public," said Rep.
Republicans, meanwhile, criticize the law for increasing taxes while causing insurance premiums to rise and directing tax dollars to abortions.
"It's making our economy worse, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers," said House Speaker
In a floor speech, Rep.
Premium increases have become an incentive for employers to drop health plans for their workers, he said after the vote.
"The American people are fed up,"
"What we've seen is a law imposing a massive tax on hardworking Americans that will not only destroy jobs but will replace patient-centered health care with a European-style government health care system that will increase costs and diminish access to quality care," he said.
Democrats, meanwhile, accused Republicans for trying to repeal a law for which they're offering no alternative.
"The Affordable Care Act is flawed ... but there are good portions," said Rep.
"I have never doubted my friends on the other side of the aisle's compassion or sincerity, but have always believed there was a better way of handling these health care costs to make sure that we all get the health care we need and the doctor we choose at a price we can afford," he said.
"The government takeover of health care has saddled job creators with uncertainty and red tape, which is keeping them from hiring new workers and is becoming a serious roadblock to economic growth," he said.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere on the other side of the Capitol was equally political, but there taxes took center stage.
Senate Republicans tried to goad Democratic leaders into calling for a vote on a tax initiative
Senate Minority Leader
He also asked for a vote on a more expansive alternative that would allow the tax cut to continue for everyone, including the wealthy.
The tax cut expires in January.
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