WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton joined fellow Republicans on Thursday in urging repeal of the Affordable Care Act that has survived 36 previous House efforts to kill Obamacare since it became law three years ago.

It was the first chance for Cotton, a freshman from Dardanelle, to officially register his opposition to the massive health reform law. He took to the floor briefly to deliver a scathing attack.

"As long as it remains on the books, the health, prosperity and freedom of the American people will never be secure," said Cotton, alluding to Cato the Elder’s condemnation of Carthage before the Third Punic War more than 2,150 years ago.

Cotton recited a string of criticisms that Republicans have levied against the law saying it will lead to higher premiums and rationing of care for Arkansas families.

He closed his floor speech by urging Congress to repeal "this abominable law" and for American citizens to "throw out of office" every politician who voted for the legislation three years ago.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is the last remaining member of the Arkansas delegation to have voted for the bill. Cotton is considering challenging Pryor’s bid for re-election in 2014.

The House voted 229-195 to repeal, largely along party lines.