Despite some Republican projections that the bill repealing healthcare reform would generate Democratic support, just three Democrats supported the measure Wednesday night.
The Democrats supporting repeal – Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Mike Ross (N.C.) – all voted against the reform law in the last Congress.
“An overwhelming majority of my constituents continue to oppose this health care reform law and I believe we should repeal it, start over and listen to the majority of the American people – not the special interests and party leaders in Washington,” Ross said in a statement.
Democratic support for the repeal measure fell far below the projections of some high-profile Republicans. Earlier this week, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) predicted this week that 15 Democrats would vote for repeal. And earlier this month, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) predicted the repeal vote would gain some bipartisan backing.
“There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us,” Upton said on Fox News.
Just 13 of 34 House Democrats who voted against the reform law remain in Congress.
The "no" Democrats voting against the repeal measure included: Reps. Jason Altmire (Pa.), John Barrow (Ga.), Ben Chandler (Ga.), Holden (Pa.), Larry Kissel (N.C.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Stephen Lynch (Mass.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Collin Peterson (Minn.), and Heath Shuler (N.C.).