April 16, 2014

Congressman Smith defends 33rd vote to repeal healthcare law (AUDIO)

A Nebraska Congressman defended the move by fellow Republicans in the United States House to, once again, vote to overturn the 2010 federal healthcare law.

Five Democrats joined House Republicans Wednesday in voting 244-to-185 to overturn the law. It will stand as a symbolic vote at best, because it will get nowhere in a Senate controlled by Democrats. President Obama also would veto any move to overturn his signature piece of legislation.

Congressman Adrian Smith defended the move, despite its bleak prospects, during a conference call with Nebraska reporters.

“The American people want us to repeal this bill, this law. We owe that to the American people,” Smith said. “And I know that the Senate is very unlikely to take it up and, certainly the president has said he would not sign it, but we need to do our part in the House.”

By the Republicans own count, it is the 33rd time the House has voted to repeal the 2010 law.

Smith said the latest vote to overturn the law came in a new context now that the Supreme Court has upheld the law’s constitutionality.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]