Ron Barber

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' District Director Ron Barber sits beside YWCA's executive director Janet Marcotte. In the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting, Marcotte photographed memorials to be placed in a book alongside quotes from President Barack ObamaÕs Jan. 12 speech in Tucson.

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With House Republicans expected to vote to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, Southern Arizona Rep. Ron Barber said he will vote against it.

With Republicans defending the decision all week, Democrats like Barber say they will not support it. The vote is expected late today.

While the Republican-led House is expected to approve the measure, the Democrat-led Senate is expected to reject it. If it is approved, President Barack Obama has said he will veto it.

Barber today said he will vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, calling the vote political theater.

Barber has stated that the law is “far from perfect, but it is a major step forward in providing access to affordable quality health care to all Americans.”

“There are changes that must be made to the Affordable Care Act,” Barber said. “But this law provides health coverage for tens of thousands of children, adults and seniors in Southern Arizona. It lowers the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and protects coverage for children with serious illnesses. We must not throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

The vote comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most provisions of the 2010 legislation. 

“This vote is a distraction from the real problems Arizonans in my district face every day,” Barber said. “Congress should be focused on creating jobs for this country. We’ve debated this issue for years and it is time to get to work to improve our economy.”

Before casting his vote, Barber spoke on the floor of the House against repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Video of his remarks is here.

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