House Votes to Repeal Health Care Law
Sen Jim DeMint, R-S.C., intends to introduce a bill next week that his spokesman says is “identical” to House-passed legislation that repeals the new health care law.
Majority Republicans in the House stood unified for the 245-189 vote Wednesday to turn back the $1 trillion, 10-year package that supporters say is vital to extending insurance coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. Opponents call the law a stinker that will break the bank while limiting access to doctors and treatment.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has vowed to prevent a repeal vote in the Senate. And if it ever did make it out of that chamber, the White House has signaled it would veto any attempt to overturn President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.
But Wednesday night, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised a vote to repeal in the chamber.
“The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want to vote on this bill. But I assure you, we will,” McConnell said in taped YouTube remarks e-mailed to the press.