Instruction to Committees for Obamacare Replacement Legislation

H.Res. 9 was passed Thursday, January 20th, 2011, instructing the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Ways and Means to write proposed legislation that addresses the following points: eliminating job-killing policies and regulations concerning the health care industry; increased competition and choice among private health care insurance providers; pre-existing condition access; tort reform; tax incentives for medical savings and expenses; prohibit government funded abortions; eliminate duplicative government programs; no legislation proposed shall increase the tax burden.

The Resolution passed on a vote of 253-175, with all Republicans voting for it, and the following 14 Democrats also voting for it: Altmire (PA-4), Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), Brown (FL-3), Chandler (KY-6), Critz (PA-12), Holden (PA-17), Kissell (NC-8), Lipinski (IL-3), Matheson (UT-2), McIntyre (NC-7), Peterson (MN-7), Ross (AR-4), Shuler (NC-11).

I would note that Brown, Critz, Kissell, and Lipinski are not in the Blue Dog Coalition; this vote may signal a turn toward center for these Democrats.

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