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Republican Reps. John Katko and Richard Hanna Oppose Affordable Care Act Repeal

By Staff


U.S. Rep. John Katko

U.S. Rep. John Katko

U.S. Reps. John Katko, R-Camillus, and Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, were one of three House members to break with Republicans and vote against a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, Jan. 6.

Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., also split with the GOP on the vote.

The legislation passed 240-181; however, President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill, which the Senate also approved last month.

The measure passed by small majorities in both the House and the Senate, and neither legislative body currently has enough votes to bypass the veto.

Following the vote, Katko said he opposed the Affordable Care Act, but won’t support a a bill to repeal it unless Republicans come up with a plan to replace it.

“I made a promise to Central New Yorkers that I would not support an outright inderal buy online repeal of Obamacare unless a suitable replacement was presented,” he said in a statement.

Hanna also issued a statement, and said the bill was a symbolic measure that would “accomplish nothing” since the House would have no ability to override the president’s veto.

“The president will veto this bill, and it will not become law,” he stated.

Hanna also voted against Republicans’ effort to defund Planned Parenthood, which he has done consistently in the past.

“More than 2.7 million women and men rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care each year,” he stated. “Nearly 2.1 million have received family planning counseling and birth control, which has been proven to reduce abortions.’’

In addition, Hanna said defunding Planned Parenthood would cut off millions of women’s access to healthcare.

“This bill will limit women’s access to health care, leaving many with few or no alternatives,” he stated.