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The big health care repeal vote

It happened Tuesday, and hardly anyone noticed. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced an amendment that, if passed, would have scrapped the individual mandate passed as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It failed, 230-187 --a considerably larger margin than the one by which the original act passed. And Republicans lost the vote of Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), who represents a heavily Democratic district and only voted against the final bill back in March after becoming convinced that it would, in some fashion, fund abortions.

You start to wonder about these margins. If Democrats lose 30-odd seats and hold the House, will there be a rump of conservatives in their party who join with the GOP to support a repeal bill? The answer to that question will largely depend on which Democrats lose, won't it?

Side note: Rep. Artur Davis (D-Al.), who alienated Democrats in his state when he voted against the original bill in order to bolster his general election chances for governor, was one of the Democrats voting against Camp's measure this time

By David Weigel  |  June 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Health Care  
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