As they promised they would, the Republicans in the House of Representatives staged their bit of political theater and voted today to repeal the health care reform that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last year. The vote was 245 to 189, with three Democrats – Reps. Mike Ross (Ark.), Dan Boren (Okla.) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.) – joining Republicans in backing the measure. Here are some of the provisions already in effect which they voted to repeal:
* Excluding children under age 19 with pre-existing conditions
* Lifting lifetime and annual limits on benefits paid. No longer can a price be put on someone’s life.
* Allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ policies.
* Closing the Medicare Part D donut hole for seniors.
Thankfully, this cruel and devastating bit of legislation has gone as far as it is going to go. Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated that it will not even see the light of day in the Senate. If by some miracle it happened to make it through the Senate, it would still require the signature of President Obama. That is not likely to happen. But at least the Republicans can tell their extreme right wing base that they did what they said they would do — they voted to repeal health care for Americans.