The vote by House Republicans on Wednesday to repeal President Obama’s health care law won’t go anywhere in the Senate, but Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said there will be one last chance to win repeal — when voters go to the polls in November.
The 244-185 vote, which saw five Democrats join the GOP in voting for repeal, was the 33rd time the House has voted for full or partial repeal. Nearly all of those efforts have failed in the Senate, with the upper chamber accepting only a few modest tweaks to the law’s finances. But Mr. Ryan said this week’s vote gives voters back home a final chance to see where their representatives in Washington stand.
“What we’re demonstrating with this vote is there is one more chance, and that is electing Mitt Romney president and giving us [a] United States Senate that will work with the House … there is one more chance,” Mr. Ryan said on the “Fox & Friends” program. “That’s why we passed this bill, to show the American people that we can do it in the House, but we’re going to need Mitt Romney as president and we’re going to need the United States Senate to do this, and then we can fix this mess.”