Ayotte co-sponsors health care repeal bill
New Hampshire junior Senator Kelly Ayotte added her name to a growing list of co-sponsors of a bill that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act legislation passed by the last Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The repeal legislation was introduced by South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, and Ayotte is one of 34 GOP Senators to sign on as a co-sponsor.
The full list of co-sponsors, from Sen. DeMint’s press release:
Cosponsors of the repeal bill include Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Dan Coats (R-Indiana), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Arizona), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), James Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).
Ayotte has been a consistent opponent of health care reform; the issue was raised frequently on the campaign trail, as her opponent, Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes, was a co-sponsor of the original reform bill in the House. New Hampshire became the focus of national attention during the health care debate, when President Obama frequently used a Keene, NH cancer patient named Gail O’Brien as an anecdotal example of how the legislation would help those with preexisting conditions.
Ayotte advocated for repeal during the campaign, so her vocal support of the repeal effort constitutes following through on a campaign promise. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has vowed to block repeal legislation from coming to a vote on the Senate floor.