House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

Jan 6, 2016 8:53 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is poised to open its legislative year by sending a bill to President Barack Obama's desk repealing his signature health care law.

There have been dozens of previous votes aimed at undoing the health law. But today will be the first time a full repeal makes it to the White House.

Past bills have been blocked in the Senate. This time, the legislation already passed the Senate, under special budget rules blocking a filibuster by minority Democrats.

The legislation also cuts federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Obama will veto the measure. But according to Republicans, that is the point. They say sending the legislation to the president's desk fulfills promises made to their constituents and underscores the differences between the two parties in a presidential election year.


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