House votes to repeal part of health care law

The House voted Wednesday to repeal a part of President Obama’s health care law deemed unsustainable by his own administration, sending the bill to the Senate, where Democrats have indicated they aren’t ready to kill the long-term care program.

More than two dozen House Democrats broke party ranks to join Republicans in a 267-159 vote to repeal the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act – a part of Mr. Obama’s signature health care reform aimed at providing long-term coverage for the elderly and those with disabilities.

But putting together a filibuster-proof majority to repeal CLASS in the Senate is another matter: Sen. John Thune, the South Dakota Republican who has tried to push a repeal through the upper chamber, acknowledged Tuesday he’s unlikely to gather the necessary 60 votes.



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