The Senate on Wednesday voted against repealing the health-care overhaul but approved a measure eliminating a tax requirement that had irked small businesses.
In a debate reshaped by this week's court strike against the law, the Senate voted 51-47 against repeal. All of the chamber's Democrats who were present and one independent who caucuses with them voted against it, and every Republican voted for it. The measure, which Republicans tacked on to an unrelated aviation bill, had been expected to fail.
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"It's certainly an assault on individual Americans' freedoms when someone goes without insurance and they show up in the emergency room and they stick other Americans with their emergency-room bill," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa). "The individual mandate is just common sense, and that's why so many Republicans supported it in the past."
I whole heartedly agree with this statement from Sen. Harkin.