Coble Votes to Repeal Health Care Law
Congressman Howard Coble voted in favor of repealing the health care law enacted last year.
The U.S. House voted 245-189 in favor of repeal Wednesday. The vote was along party lines in the GOP-controlled chamber. Coble is a Republican who represents Moore County.
In remarks delivered Tuesday, Coble called for a surgical knife approach, rather than a meat ax on the legislation.
"When we debated health care reform during the 111th Congress, I made a statement that we need to fine-tune the engine and not overhaul it," Coble said. "I reiterate that theory today."
Coble said the vote sends a message that "we are serious about fixing our broken health care system."
"There is agreement from both sides of the aisle that we need to improve our health care system," Coble said. "These improvements must enhance the quality and accessibility of care in a fiscally responsible manner.
"The law implemented last year failed to meet this criteria - particularly the onerous 1099 tax increase on small businesses -- that is just one glaring example. By repealing Obamacare, we will have the opportunity to take a more prudent approach of fine-tuning our health care law to ensure that it encompasses sound principles."
The repeal measure now goes to the Senate, where it faces tough going in a chamber still controlled by Democrats. President Obama has promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
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