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Obamacare Repeal Vote

Recorded on January 20, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

The House of Representatives voted 245 to 189 to repeal Obamacare, casting more votes to repeal it than ever voted to enact it.

Every Republican supported repeal, but only three Democrats did. And Democrat leaders in the Senate say they won't even consider the repeal bill.

So next come efforts to de-fund or dismantle pieces of Obamacare. Some will support repeal only of minor portions, trying to make that sound significant, but that's empty politics. It's the big pieces that count, such as the mandate for individuals to buy insurance, which a majority of states have taken to court, saying it's unconstitutional.

Obamacare is the symbol of government that is bigger, more expensive and more in debt than ever. The efforts to stop it will remain a defining issue that endures into the elections in 2012.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.