Both parties are currently again fighting last year's healthcare debate on the House floor.
Members were engaged in sharp exchanges Friday morning over two amendments introduced by Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) that would defund the Democrats' law and strip funding made available in prior bills.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) previewed what will likely be a popular Republican line of attack if they fail to dismantle the legislation ahead of the 2012 elections.
"ObamaCare will likely create the largest government bureaucracy in the history of our country," she said.
"What we'll get with ObamaCare is increased costs in healthcare with a huge bureaucracy," said Bachmann in a short floor speech. "Pay more, get less."
Whether Bachmann's claim is accurate, Democrats weren't defending the regulatory aspects of the bill. They instead used emotional pitches, which is what they relied on in the past.
Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson (D), who preceded Bachmann, made the argument that the Democrats' bill protects families from going broke from paying catastrophic medical bills.
But with polls showing the voters cool to the law, Wilson and her party will need to craft more persuasive arguments if they're to retake the majority and save the bill.
Members voted on King's amendments in the early afternoon, passing both measures.
--Pete Kasperowicz contributed.
--Updated at 3:05 p.m.