Votes against Repealing ObamaCare Even Though She Isn’t “Proud” of It
(Las Vegas, NV) – Seven-term Congresswoman Shelley Berkley yet again voted with President Obama and Nancy Pelosi rather than choosing to repeal Obamacare, legislation that imposes 14 tax increases on the middle class and 21 tax increases overall. Even though she couldn’t admit she was proud of her vote for ObamaCare, Congresswoman Berkley has repeatedly voted the party line.
“Middle class Nevadans just can’t afford Shelley Berkley and her lockstep support for President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. This massive government health plan makes insurance more expensive, forces Nevadans out of health care plans they like, cuts funding for Medicare and raises taxes by more half a trillion dollars. Remind us again, Congresswoman, why you keep voting the party line? Was it because you were afraid Nancy Pelosi would punish you?” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
When asked on Jon Ralston’s “Face to Face” if she was “proud of voting for the Affordable Care Act,” on June 25, 2012, Congresswoman Berkley responded “Look…” Full transcript below:
RALSTON: “Are you proud of voting for the Affordable Care Act?”
REP. BERKLEY: “Look…”
RALSTON: “Are you proud of it?”
REP. BERKLEY: “I’m proud I’m in a position to help patients get the care that they need in this country….”
Shelley Berkley’s Long Record on ObamaCare:
July 15-16, 2009: House Ways & Means Committee considers health care legislation. Shelley Berkley offers no amendments to the bill.
November 7, 2009: Shelley Berkley tried to sell health care legislation to Nevadans with false promises, saying: “This bill is good for Nevada. Over 400,000 uninsured Nevadans will be able to get health insurance because of this bill.” (www.berkley.house.gov, accessed June 13, 2012)
November 7, 2009: Berkley voted for health care reform law that imposes a tax on anyone who does not have health insurance. (House Vote 887 – HR 3962, HR3962: Health Care Overhaul – Passage)
March 21, 2010: Shelley Berkley votes for final passage of ObamaCare. This legislation cut $500 billion from Medicare and created a panel of bureaucrats that have the power to deny care for seniors. (House Vote 165 – HR 3590, HR3590, March 21, 2010)
March 22, 2010: Shelley Berkley attends signing ceremony for ObamaCare at the White House.
March 24, 2010: Shelley Berkley voted against efforts to reverse the Democrats’ health care reform’s cap on the amount that can be deposited in flexible spending accounts. (House Vote 181 – HR 4849: Small-Business Tax Credits – Recommit)
June 15, 2010: Shelley Berkley voted against repealing the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. (House Vote 362 – HR 5486: Small Business Tax Relief – Recommit)
January 19, 2011: Shelley Berkley refused to repeal the President’s health care law. (House Vote 14 – HR 2, HR2, January 19, 2011)
April 13, 2011: Shelley Berkley voted against repealing ObamaCare slush funds. (Roll Call 264, Clerk of the U.S. House, 4/13/2011)
May 3, 2011: Shelley Berkley voted against repealing funds for ObamaCare state exchanges. (Roll Call 285, Clerk of the U.S. House, 5/3/2011)
October 24, 2011: Steve Wynn reports that Shelley Berkley voted for ObamaCare because if she didn’t, Nancy Pelosi would “punish” her. (Link here.)
March 22, 2012: Shelley Berkley voted against repeal of IPAB, a panel of 15 bureaucrats that have the power to deny care for seniors. (House Vote – HR 5 Roll Call Vote 126)
April 16, 2012: Shelley Berkley “stopped short Wednesday of urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the federal health care law supported by Democrats and abhorred by Republicans” and “declined to defend the law” even after voting for it so many times. (Cristina Silva, Rep. Berkley champions small businesses in Vegas, Associated Press, 4/16/12)
April 27, 2012: Shelley Berkley voted against repealing ObamaCare slush funds to prevent student interest rate hikes. (Roll Call 195, Clerk of the U.S. House, 4/27/2012)
June 8, 2012: Shelley Berkley voted against repealing a 2.3% tax on medical devices created by ObamaCare, even though she said that the tax “will be very detrimental to patients.” (Steve Tetreault, “Berkley shifts on medical equipment tax,” Steve Tetreault, June 7, 2012)