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House votes to repeal health care reform law -- including IHCIA





The Republican-led House voted 239 to 5 on Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which includes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Every Republican voted in favor of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. Included was Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and several other Republicans with significant Indian populations in their districts.

Five Democrats also voted to repeal. They included Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), whose district covers the Ute Tribe, and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina), who represents the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The vote marks the 33rd time that Republicans in the House have taken action against the landmark law. Repeal, however, is highly unlikely in the Senate.

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld nearly every single provision of the law, including the IHCIA and other provisions that benefit tribes and individual Indians.

Get the Story:
House again votes to repeal health-care law, a now-familiar symbolic gesture (The Washington Post 7/12)
Repeal of Health Care Law Approved, Again, by House (The New York Times 7/12)

Supreme Court Decision:
NFIB v. Sebelius (June 28, 2012)

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