AHL’s TOP STORY: House Approves Health Reform Repeal Bill
The House yesterday voted 244-185 to approve legislation (HR 6079) that would repeal the federal health reform law, the New York Times reports (Pear, New York Times, 7/11). The vote marks the 33rd time since January 2011 that Republicans have moved to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act (Helderman, Washington Post, 7/11).
The measure is not expected to be approved by the Senate (Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, 7/11). Further, President Obama has said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk (Bendavid, Wall Street Journal, 7/11).
Five Democrats voted for the bill. Two of them — Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.) and Mike Ross (Ark.) — lean conservative and are not seeking re-election. The other three Democrats who voted for the bill — Reps. Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah) and Mike McIntyre (N.C.) — are in the midst of “tough re-election battles,” according to the Post (Washington Post, 7/11).
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