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Repeal Votes Offer Important Campaign Trail Symbol For Some Republicans

Many GOP lawmakers see today's scheduled vote to repeal the health law as important to their campaign trail messaging.

The Washington Post: Voting To Repeal, Over And Over
Since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, the House has voted 36 times to repeal either all, or part, of President Obama’s health care law. On Thursday, the House is scheduled to do it again, taking up another bill that would repeal the health care law in full. With number 37 on the way, here are the details of the first 36 votes (Fahrenthold and O’Keefe, 5/15).

Politico: Obamacare Repeal Central For GOP Primary Field
Republicans know their repeal votes on Obamacare are symbolic — but repeal remains a potent GOP message on the campaign trail for the 2014 midterm elections. GOP politicians running for Senate in states like Georgia and Louisiana have been burnishing their Obamacare repeal credentials for months. Some of the Senate candidates are trying to outdo primary opponents in showing how determined they are to roll back the unpopular law. Others hope anti-Obamacare sentiment will let them pick up seats in November that are now held by Democrats, like the one being vacated in Montana by retiring Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who helped write the 2010 health care law (Cunningham, 5/15).

The Hill: House Set To Vote On ObamaCare Repeal
The House will vote Thursday to repeal President Obama's healthcare law — a move Republicans hope will open the door to narrower votes to target specific parts of the law. GOP leaders scheduled the vote in a concession to conservative freshmen, who were not yet in Congress for the House's previous 36 votes to repeal or defund all or part of the Affordable Care Act (Baker, 5/16).

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