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Votes related to undoing Obama care etc.

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are a step away from acquiring what they consider a political cudgel for next year's elections: A veto by President Barack Obama of legislation devastating his health care law and Planned Parenthood.

    The Senate approved the legislation in a near party-line 52-47 vote Thursday, leaving it likely that the GOP-run House will ship the measure to the White House in days.

    The bill would be the first to reach Obama's desk aimed at demolishing his 2010 health care overhaul, one of his proudest domestic achievements, and halting federal payments to Planned Parenthood. Congress has voted dozens of times to repeal or weaken the health law and repeatedly against Planned Parenthood's funding, but until now Democrats thwarted Republicans from shipping the legislation to the White House.

    Republicans said a veto, which the White House has promised, will underscore that a GOP triumph in next year's presidential and congressional elections would mean repeal of a statute they blame for surging medical costs and insurers abandoning some markets. They lack the two-thirds House and Senate majorities needed to override vetoes, assuring that the bill's chief purpose will be for campaign talking points.

    "President Obama will have a choice," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "He can defend a status quo that's failed the middle class by vetoing the bill, or he can work toward a new beginning and better care by signing it."

    Republicans blame the bill for surging health care costs and insurers abandoning some markets. Government officials said this week that health care spending grew at 5.3 percent in 2014, the steepest climb since Obama took office.

    Democrats noted that under the law, millions of people have become insured and said their coverage has improved, with policies now required to insure a wide range of medical services.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    This is nothing more than a charade and an election talking point. The reason Republicans did it is because they know that the President will veto it. For all the talk of hating Obamacare, the Republicans would never actually take away coverage from their constituents. So it's just saber rattling on their end.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Public polling has consistently showed that Americans are against ObamaCare by a significant margin.

    Real Clear Politics: Public Approval of Health Care Law

    Republicans in the House have continually voted to repeal ObamaCare umpteen times. The purpose is to get the publicity. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy when it is continually is cast in a negative light and without anyone in the media seriously challenging the talking points. Kind of like the big lie repeated again and again is finally believed.

    Republicans have no plan to replace it other than going back to square one. If a Republican is elected President in 2016, and Republicans continue to hold the House and Senate, then ObamaCare is vulnerable. They will have won the war of pandering to the ignorant. Kentucky could be the forerunner of the demise of ObamaCare.