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July 11th, 2012
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Rep. Van Hollen: House health care repeal vote 'an empty political gesture'

The House of Representatives will be voting to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act Wednesday. Republicans critical of the law are angling to repeal the Act, which was passed in 2010 and was recently ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court .

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) tells Soledad O'Brien on Starting Point today, "this is the 33rd time this session of Congress that we've voted to repeal this piece of legislation and it is an empty political gesture."

He adds, "There's no doubt that this helps to energize the Tea Party base in the Republican party but I think it actually alienates Independent voters when they see Congress wasting tax-payer resources doing this yet again..."

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 47% of Americans approve of the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the law, while 43% disapprove and 10% say they don't know.

Rep. Van Hollen says, "I think the polls show that there's growing support for the health care law as more and more people realize what's in it and more and more people benefit from it."

Watch Soledad O'Brien's interview with Rep. Van Hollen above.

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