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July 11--  A Democrat from South Georgia and a Republican from North Georgia voted on opposite sides of the effort to repeal Obamacare today in the U.S. Congress.

The office of 12th District Congressman John Barrow issued the following statement after the Congressman voted against repealing the law.

"U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today announced that he would vote against the full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA).  After voting against the bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee and twice on the House floor, Congressman Barrow has led the effort to change the law to remove burdensome regulations and mandates on businesses, while fighting to lower insurance costs on Georgia’s families.

“When it comes to the health care law, Democrats and Republicans have it all wrong,” said Congressman Barrow.  “I stood up to both parties and voted against a bill that costs too much and does nothing to lower health care costs.  I voted against repeal, and will do it again, because we need to end things like insurance companies denying coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, denying preventive care like mammograms, and making women pay more for coverage.  Only in Washington is all or nothing an acceptable solution.  In Georgia, we have more common sense than that.  This vote isn’t about helping families, it’s about scoring political points -- and the folks in the 12th District expect more from us.”

Since it was signed into law, Congressman Barrow has worked tirelessly to repeal the mandates, taxes, and burdensome regulations contained in the PPACA.   In 2010, he was successful in his efforts to repeal the overly burdensome 1099 reporting requirement. In 2011, Congressman Barrow was the lead co-sponsor of legislation to repeal the employer mandate in the health care law. And in March 2011, Congressman Barrow introduced bipartisan legislation that would preserve consumer access to licensed insurance agents and brokers by excluding their commissions from the so-called Medical Loss Ratio, which has caused insurers to dramatically cut the commissions to agents and brokers that they depend on in order to serve their customers."

Ninth District Republican Congressman Tom Graves voted to repeal Obamacare and issued this statement.

"Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) voted in favor of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act.  The bill would fully repeal the President’s health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is commonly known as Obamacare.  Rep. Graves is also a co-sponsor of the repeal legislation.

“The House took a positive and essential step today towards getting rid of Obamacare.  Besides trampling on the Constitution and personal responsibility, the law is ungainly, intrusive into the families of America, and a drag on the American economy.  It raises taxes, increases health care costs, and destroys jobs.  At a time when the Congressional Budget Office is telling Americans the national debt will approach $20 trillion by the end of the decade, we simply can’t afford to pay for the President’s health care experiment. It's now time for the Senate to take up this bill so the American people can know where their Senators stand on Obamacare.”

“Once we’ve woken up from the Obamacare nightmare, Republicans are committed to a thoughtful, common-sense approach to reforming the health care system in America.  Any new reforms must let families make their own health choices, visit the doctors they want, and receive the care they and their doctor feel is best.  It’s time for a patient-centered, patient-driven, free market-focused solution for health care.”

Today’s vote was the 33rd time the Republican-led House has voted to dismantle part or all of Obamacare.  The first bill Rep. Graves introduced when he became a member of Congress, H.R. 127, would defund Obamacare.