Barrow, Bishop join House GOP in 52nd vote to repeal Obamacare

Two Georgia Democrats joined with Republicans as the U.S. House voted for the 52nd time Thursday to pass legislation that would repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act.

Reps. Sanford Bishop of Albany and John Barrow of Augusta were among 18 House Democrats who voted with the Republican majority to pass the Save American Workers Act, a bill that would revise the definition of fulltime employees who are eligible to receive health insurance coverage from their employers.

The bill repeals a section of the ACA that establishes 30 hours a week as the threshold for defining a full-time employee and raises that limit to 40 hours a week. The Congressional Budget Office said the increased threshold would make an estimated 500,000 workers ineligible for employer health coverage.

The House vote was called three days after the White House announced that 7.1 million people had signed up for coverage through the health insurance exchanges as of the ACA’s March 31 deadline.

As with the other 51 votes to repeal Obamacare, the House vote was largely a symbolic action. The measure is not expected to get a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Georgia’s nine Republican House members voted with Barrow and Bishop for the bill’s passage: Paul Broun, Doug Collins, Phil Gingrey, Tom Graves, Jack Kingston, Tom Price, Austin Scott, Lynn Westmoreland and Rob Woodall. Georgia Democrats Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott voted against the bill.

“Obamacare is estimated to cut the hours and take home pay of millions of American workers,” Graves said. “President Obama often talks about giving the American people a raise, so I urge him to support repealing his harmful policy so we can return billions of dollars to workers’ wallets today.”

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