For Freshmen, Vote on Repealing Obamacare a Chance to Make Mark

Here's why the health care repeal vote is about freshmen and the 2014 campaign.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., speaks with a reporter on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in his office on Capitol Hill.
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And on Capitol Hill, Democrats are groaning at House leadership for wasting time. Without the Senate's pledge to re-examine health care and with Obama still in office, the votes is nothing more than symbolic and a campaign ploy to put vulnerable Democrats on the spot, they say.

Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told U.S. News as he walked out of the Capitol Wednesday evening that the House had blown countless hours and taxpayer dollars fighting for something that was dead on arrival in the Senate when automatic budget cuts are leading to furloughs and cuts to Headstart.

"It is a political vote, it's a campaign vote, it's a posturing vote, but we have a lot of substance to do and we are not doing anything on substance," Hoyer says. "Very frankly, this has been the least substantive Congress for which I have served."

But whether or not anything is going to come of the Obamacare repeal vote Thursday, freshmen members say their first repeal vote won't be their last.

"I think persistence is something that eventually provides a good outcome," Salmon says. "Ultimately the American people by a vast majority are not comfortable with where Obamacare is at right now or where it is headed."

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