Five Democrats joined the Republicans, none from Washington's delegation.
In fact, Seattle's own US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7) got some national attention for firing off a joke about the Republican vote, their 33rd such attempt to nuke Obamacare. Reuters reported:
The vote will mark at the 33rd time by the Republicans' latest count that the House has passed a bill to defund or repeal portions of the law or the entire Affordable Care Act, as the law is called.
Democratic Representative Jim McDermott mocked Republicans, declaring: "As a psychiatrist, I'm qualified to say this: One definition of insanity is doing the same than over and over again and expecting a different result."
The vote drew praise from Washington State Republican Party Chair Kirby Wilbur.
Wilbur said: "Today the House Republicans took the first step in the long process of repairing that damage, and we must continue down this path by working to elect more Republicans to Congress and Mitt Romney to the White House."
No word from Wilbur's new intra-party rival former Republican state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, but we are curious to hear what GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has to say. He has come out against repeal, saying he supports much of the law. This puts him at odds with his own party's chair and his party's delegation in DC.
We have a message into McKenna's campaign.
The Washington State Alliance of Retired Americans quickly issued a statement condemning the vote:
The U.S. House shamefully voted to take away Medicare benefits that are helping seniors here in Washington better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription. Washington retirees are upset that this vote placed ideology and partisan politics over supporting working families and the basic needs of seniors across our state.
In our state, over 60,209 Medicare beneficiaries have already saved $35,999,334 on their prescriptions. Over 837,600 Washington State seniors have received free, life-saving tests for chronic diseases and 62,846 more young adults have gained health insurance through their parent’s plan, thanks to health reform.
Retirees worry about their children and grandchildren, and are happy that the law allows young adults under age 26 stay on their parents’ health insurance. Seniors are glad to see working families finally protected from the greed and outrageous business practices of the insurance companies.