What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Health Insurance : (H.R. 5486) On an amendment to small business legislation that would have repealed a provision in a major health care reform law enacted in March 2010 that required Americans to obtain health insurance
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(H.R. 5486) On an amendment to small business legislation that would have repealed a provision in a major health care reform law enacted in March 2010 that required Americans to obtain health insurance
house Roll Call 362     Jun 15, 2010
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N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Progressive

This was a vote on a motion to recommit by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) on small business legislation that would have repealed a provision in a major health care law enacted in March 2010 that required Americans to obtain health insurance. Most Republicans opposed this provision, which is known as the “individual mandate.”

A motion to recommit with instructions is the minority's last chance to make substantive changes to a bill before a final up-or-down vote on the measure. If passed, the motion sends the legislation back to committee with instructions to amend it as specified.

Camp urged support for his motion to recommit: “ The motion to recommit the underlying bill keeps the underlying bill intact and provides real help to Americans by repealing one of the most onerous provisions of the new health care law, the individual mandate that… forces Americans to buy government-approved health insurance or pay a tax if they don't. The Federal Government has never required its citizens to purchase a particular product before, and doing so with health insurance violates the basic principles of freedom and individual choice. No American should be forced to buy or purchase health insurance they don't want or can't afford.”

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) urged members to oppose the motion to recommit: “Without individual responsibility, it would mean that we could not eliminate exclusions for preexisting conditions. We could not prohibit insurers from refusing to cover someone when they apply. We could not prohibit insurance companies from charging more when you get sick.”

The House rejected the motion to recommit by a vote of 187-230. 166 Republicans and 21 Democrats voted “yea.” 229 Democrats and 1 Republican voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an effort to repeal a provision in a major health care law enacted in March 2010 that required Americans to obtain health insurance.

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