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Health Care Vote Tests Local Lawmakers, GOP Leaders

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Congress returns to work and with that a key vote will take place tomorrow putting some area lawmakers on the spot.

It’s the first test for new area Republican House members Jon Runyan, Mike Fitzpatrick and Patrick Meehan. Tomorrow the House, led by the GOP, will vote to repeal the entire health care bill — the whole package.

The vote will probably be just for show, because the Senate can stop any repeal, but the big question is how the new trio in this area votes. The vote was delayed from last week because of the rampage in Tucson and comes amid new national surveys which show only one in four Americans favor a repeal of the entire law.

Some of the bill, including age limits for adult children, is already in effect. The vote is also a test of the leadership of the new Republican house majority.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio

  • Dave B.

    The GOP does not have a replacement plan. If they did, they’d be trying to sell it to the American people. If Obamacare gets repealed, it’ll take another two years or more to debate a replacement bill. We can’t wait that long. The insurance companies are raping and gouging us now! We need relief now. I say, fix what is broken in the current law. There are many good things about the current law. Things like closing the donut hole, children can stay on a parents policy until age 26, elimination of lifetime caps, guaranteed affordable coverage in spite of a pre-existing condition, insurers are restricted from raising premiums too high, etc. Keep what is good and let’s fix what is not. Don’t repeal!

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  • Frank R

    I hope they dont chicken out. However, the socialists in the senate are not going to go against dear leader. Truly sad when folks would cough up their freedom because their too cheap to pay for a doctor visit. Everybody already has coverage, quite honestly i’m tired of paying for somebody who doesn’t work for it. If this goes through ironically the folks whining about it the most are the first ones to get it. And you know where. Ciao

    • colleen

      Fortunately, it can be repealed in Senate. Also makes it harder for O to try to run again in 2012.

  • Bill Collins Jr

    I live up in the mountains of PA though I grew up in the Philly area. The difference in attitudes is sharp. Out here we work hard & depend on each other & not BIG Gov’t. We’re tired of footing the bills for the big cities. If you had to pay your taxes by check each month rather than have it taken out automatically you’d go nuts. They are going to erase the insane parts & start over & give you something that works @ a reasonable cost. Relax folks & learn the whole story before you panic,

  • Sheila Lechner

    “test of leadership”? more accurately, it’s a test of wasting taxpayer dollars while also seeing how fast they can cash-in their lobbying checks.

  • Lorraine Daliessio

    To undue what the working poor fought for and desperately need just to show that they are now in control….Shame!!!

  • Randy

    Republicans want to repeal the law even though only 1 in 4 Americans want that. Aren’t they supposed to work for the people? Pretty obvious they are not!

  • A. Taylor

    If they vote to repeal this healthcare bill, it will be taking a step backward. What happens to all the people who have preexisting illnesses? I feel they are disconnected with the average working class people. Now is the time when people need a little help and they want to take it away – that’s sad.

  • Louis Monroe


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