House Votes to Repeal Obama's Health Care Law

Measure is all but certain to fail in the Senate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2011 5:13 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner speaks about the vote to repeal the health care bill Wednesday. (He spoke before the vote.)   (Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The Republican-controlled House has voted to repeal the health care law President Obama signed last year. The 245-189 vote marks the fulfillment of a promise many Republicans made in last fall's political campaigns. The measure has little or no chance of passing the Senate, where Democratic supporters of the law have a majority. And Obama has vowed to veto it if it reaches his desk.

But passage clears the way for the second phase of the "repeal and replace" promise that victorious Republicans made to the voters last fall. GOP officials said that in the coming months, congressional committees will propose changes to the existing legislation, calling for elimination of a requirement for individuals to purchase coverage, for example, and recommending curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits. Like the repeal bill itself, these other measures will require Senate approval and a presidential signature to take effect, and the prospect is for months of maneuvering on the issue.

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