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Minnesota delegation splits along party lines on Affordable Care Act repeal

Republicans held a marathon debate on the bill on Tuesday. Republican Rep. John Kline called the law “flawed and failed” and pitched the repeal effort as a jobs plan, warning that the ACA was scaring employers away from hiring workers.

“Hundreds of additional boards and bureaucracies, thousands of pages of complex regulations, billions of dollars in tax hikes, and trillions of dollars in new government spending,” Kline said. “These are the burdens the health care law has piled on the backs of working families and job creators.”

Liberal members of the delegation, meanwhile, praised the law and slammed the efforts to repeal it. Rep. Betty McCollum called the effort a “gimmick that panders to the Tea Party.” Rep. Keith Ellison called it “political theater at its worst,” and introduced a (easily defeated) motion to adjourn, saying in a statement, “If Speaker Boehner is going to waste time on partisan legislation that isn’t going anywhere, members of Congress should be in their districts listening to their constituents.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/11/2012 - 07:09 pm.

    It’s time to wake up America

    This country has major problems and the politicians vote for the 33rd time on the American Care Act. It is already law and time to do the work they were elected to do.. If you think politicians don’t play with your life for “their” gain then you have missed the boat. They are not mature enough to sit down, comingle ideas, and compromise because “their” job is at stake. All this while there are Americans waiting for actions to help make their lives better. Politicians are a very cruel bunch. Our politics are broken. Our courts are broken. Our sense of compromise is broken. Voters you better pay attention in November or this morass will continue. The choice is yours – WAKE UP!

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/11/2012 - 09:54 pm.

    Harry Reid

    Won’t bring it up in the senate because there are members of his party who wouldn’t want to be on record in November as supporting this thing.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/12/2012 - 09:34 am.

    Einstein said

    that stupidity can be defined as repeating the same question and expecting a different answer.
    So we’ve got stupidity X 32.

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