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Senate expected to block measure
As lawmakers milled around the House floor Wednesday afternoon, seated shoulder to shoulder in a row near the back were Reps. Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, Larry Kissell and Heath Shuler of North Carolina, Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Ben Chandler of Kentucky - all lawmakers who originally voted against enacting the law.
When it came time for them to vote, Mr. Boren and Mr. Kissell bucked their party again, along with Reps. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Dennis Ross of Florida and Jim Matheson, who voted against the law initially. Mr. Boren, Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Ross also had voted for repeal.
Mr. Shuler said he can’t stomach taking away benefits already flowing to millions of Americans.
“It’s true that I did not support the Affordable Care Act, but my strong pro-life philosophy cannot reconcile or justify how we pull the rug out from beneath these individuals now,” he said.
Just before the vote, Democrats held a news conference and showcased five Americans who described how the law has helped them.
Senior Bill Cea said he didn’t have to pay for a wellness visit to his doctor now that Medicare offers the benefit once a year.
Christine Haight Farley, a mother whose son has cystic fibrosis, and Emily Schlichting, a young adult with a rare autoimmune disease, said they don’t have to worry about finding insurance because children can stay on parental plans until age 26 and insurers can’t discriminate against them after that.
Jamal Lee, owner of a small audio production company, said he is able to provide insurance coverage for his employees with help from the law’s small-business tax credits.
Aracely Rodriguez, who works for Planned Parenthood in San Diego, said the law’s provisions to expand health coverage are crucial to Hispanic women, who lack insurance more than any other female group in the country.
Mrs. Pelosi said their stories should send a message to Republicans - and to voters in November.
“Really, we just want people to know what they have and what will be taken away, and they’ll make their political judgment about that,” she said.
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