What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : (H.R. 1213, H.R. 1214) Legislation repealing a provision of a major health care reform law that provided federal funds to states for health care “exchanges” (regulated marketplaces in which the uninsured could purchase subsidized health insurance), as well as a separate bill repealing a provision of the same health care law that provided federal funding for school-based health care centers – On the resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to both bills (2011 house Roll Call 280)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 1213, H.R. 1214) Legislation repealing a provision of a major health care reform law that provided federal funds to states for health care “exchanges” (regulated marketplaces in which the uninsured could purchase subsidized health insurance), as well as a separate bill repealing a provision of the same health care law that provided federal funding for school-based health care centers – On the resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to both bills
house Roll Call 280     May 03, 2011
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This was a vote on a resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to two separate bills—both of which repealed provisions of a major health care reform law that President Obama signed into law in 2010. The first bill repealed a provision of the health care reform law that provided federal funds to states for health care “exchanges” (regulated marketplaces in which the uninsured could purchase subsidized health insurance). The second bill repealed a provision that provided federal funding for school-based health care centers.

Rep. Thomas Reed (R-NY) urged support for the resolution and both underlying bills: “Quite simply, our country is broke, and we cannot continue to spend money like we have in the past. Our spending crisis is clear. Slush funds and unlimited tabs on the Treasury must be the first to go, particularly when they are being used to fund government-centered takeover of our Nation's health care system that does not improve care, does not lower costs and, simply, we cannot afford. The American people sent a clear message last November: ObamaCare [the 2010 health care reform law] is not the answer; stop spending money that our country doesn't have, money we are borrowing and spending on the backs of our children and grandchildren who will be left footing the bill.”

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) opposed the resolution and the underlying bills: “The exchanges create a market, ladies and gentlemen. They create a market. It is a market-driven program in which competition occurs, competition between the insurance companies who have to offer quality and price. Have you got a problem with competition? Apparently so. You want to do away with the exchanges. Apparently what you really want to do is to hand the entire game over to the insurance companies, removing all of the controls, removing all of the necessity for them to compete, and apparently create some sort of an association plan so the public can be ripped off.”

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) criticized the Republicans for attempting to cut funding for school health centers: “These school-based health care centers offer a wide range of services, from wellness checks to mental health services for our young people, which is care they wouldn't receive otherwise--or maybe they would in expensive emergency room visits in a crisis. Studies show the link between affordable health care for our students and their education success, so I would urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation. Let's create jobs instead of dismantling a health care system.”

The House agreed to this resolution by a vote of 237-185. Voting “yea” were 233 Republicans and 4 Democrats. 185 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House proceeded to formal floor debate on legislation repealing a provision of a major health care reform law that provided federal funds to states for health care “exchanges,” as well as a separate bill repealing a provision of the same health care law that provided federal funding for school-based health care centers.

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