The Affordable Care Act (nicknamed “Obamacare”) was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, so this seems an apt time to take a look back at members of Congress who voted and defended the bill – and then had to leave Congress because of their vote that fateful day.
Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) served for 18 terms in what was considered one of the safest seats in the House from 1975 to 2011. Oberstar said the Affordable Care Act was something “that I proudly voted for.”
Rep. Joe Sestak (D. Pa.) served in Congress from 2007, but after voting for Obamacare, he found himself having to defend the law against opponent Pat Toomey.
“It is the responsibility of those who worked on this effort of securing affordable care for all Americans to now explain to people the ways they can and will benefit.
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