WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama’s desk repealing his signature health care law.
There have been dozens of previous repeal attempts in the House and the Senate. Wednesday’s vote in the House marks the first time such a bill will actually make it all the way to the White House.
The legislation, which also cuts federal funding for Planned Parenthood, passed the Senate last year under special rules protecting it from a Democratic filibuster. Wednesday’s House vote was 240-181 along party lines.
Obama will veto the bill. But Republicans say that by holding the vote they have fulfilled a promise to voters in an election year. They also say they’ve demonstrated that if a Republican wins the presidency they will actually succeed in repealing the health law.