The United States House of Representatives Thursday voted for the 37th time to repeal Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, passed by a vote of 229 to 195.
“To be perfectly frank, Idahoans are well aware this is hardly the first time the House has voted to repeal the ACA,” Simpson said in a written statement. “In fact, this is the 37th time the House has voted to repeal part or all of the law since it was implemented. While it may sound like a poor use of Congress’ time, I believe it is a reflection of how deeply unpopular the law remains, not just in the House, but across the country and especially in Idaho.”
Simpson added his concerns about the impact of Obamacare on existing health insurance costs, stating that "Americans’ insurance premiums will increase at enormous rates." Simpson also said that insurance costs are likely to rise anywhere from 100 percent to 400 percent as the law is implemented.
Gov. Butch Otter, who proposed and supported legislation to create a state insurance exchange earlier this year as a means of complying with the Obamacare law, has nonetheless expressed his support for its full repeal.
The repeal legislation will now be sent to the U.S. Senate.
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