Idaho Republican Congressmen Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson joined their GOP colleagues and five Democrats Wednesday afternoon, voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the 33rd time the U.S. House voted to defund, roll back or hack away at what Republicans call "Obamacare." The measure is dead on arrival in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate, as it has been each time.
The five Democrats voting for repeal—Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Mike Ross of Arkansas, and Jim Matheson of Utah—all opposed the law when it passed in 2010.
The vote came 13 days after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the majority of the Affordable Care Act.
Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Action for Idaho, said Wednesday's vote was more about "partisan political games than solving problems" for the middle class.
"Repealing the ACA would unequivocally hurt Reps. Labrador and Simpson’s own constituents, many of whom already rely on Obamacare for benefits," said Evans.