Congress sends health law repeal to Obama for first time

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 07:14:24 PM. The GOP-led Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama Wednesday repealing the Affordable Care Act, inviting a certain veto.
The GOP-led Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama Wednesday repealing his signature health law, fulfilling a promise to Republican voters in a presidential election year but inviting a certain veto. The nearly party-line vote in the House was 240-181. The legislation already passed the Senate last year under special rules protecting it from Democratic obstruction, so it goes straight to the White House. Republicans boasted of a signal achievement, saying they were forcing Obama to face up to the failures of his law while illustrating the stark political choices voters face. "We are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth," said Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. "Obamacare doesn't work." Democrats called it pointless political theater that will have the same ultimate outcome as the 61 previous repeal votes that were blocked in the Senate, since Obama will veto the legislation. "A bill that is going to the White House, that will get the fastest veto we've ever seen happen in this country, is a monumental vote?" said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. "This is just a waste of everyone's time." Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk repealing his signature health care law. The president will surely veto it, but it marks the first time such a bill will actually make it all the way to the White House. Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk repealing his signature health care law. The president will surely veto it,...Read more
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