Five Democrats joined with House Republicans to fully repeal President Obama’s national health care law by a 244 to 185 vote. This is an increase over the three Democrats who voted to fully repeal the law in January 2011, an indication that even after the Supreme Court decision upholding the law, some Democrats in more conservative districts still find it a liability.
Of the five Democrats who voted to repeal the law, Reps. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Mike Ross of Arkansas, and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina all voted to repeal it last time, too. Boren and Ross are retiring after this term.
Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Larry Kissell of North Carolina both voted against repeal in January 2011, but switched this time around. Matheson faces a tough race against Tea Party hero Mia Love. Since Kissell voted against repealing Obamacare, the North Carolina legislature passed a new redistricting map that makes his district more conservative than when he was reelected in 2010 with 53 percent of the vote.