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House GOP Leads Charge (Again) To Repeal The Health Law

The House approved for the first time in the new GOP-controlled Congress a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Its outlook in the Senate, though, is unclear.

The New York Times: House G.O.P. Again Votes To Repeal Health Care Law
The House passed a bill on Tuesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the first time in the new Congress, but Democrats appeared to show more zeal in defending the law than Republicans did in trying to get rid of it. The measure goes now to the Senate, where the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has said that the chamber will vote on legislation repealing the health law but has not announced a schedule. (Pear, 2/3)

Los Angeles Times: House Passes New Obamacare Repeal, Directing Creation Of Replacement Law
Pledging anew to replace the federal health law that President Obama signed five years ago, House Republicans passed yet another bill Tuesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The repeal bill, the first of the new Congress, faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Democrats will almost certainly filibuster it. Obama has indicated he will veto the legislation if it makes it to his desk. (Levey, 2/3)

CNN: House Votes - Again - To Repeal Obamacare
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started the parliamentary process to bring up an Obamacare repeal bill for a vote, but it's unclear when the Senate will vote on the issue. One by one on the House floor, Democrats mocked the repeated efforts by Republicans as a waste of time, saying it was "Groundhog Day," since any repeal legislation lacks enough votes to pass in the Senate, and would be vetoed even if a bill could pass. Democrats also pointed out that after so many attempts to get rid of the Obamacare over the last four years, the GOP still hasn't offered up their own alternative proposal to replace it. (Walsh, 2/3)

Reuters: House Votes To Repeal And Eventually Replace Obamacare
The influential conservative group Heritage Action for America called the House vote "the beginning of a multi-month effort" to send a full repeal legislation to President Barack Obama's desk. The White House threatened to veto the House bill, saying it would take away critical benefits from middle-class families and increase the federal deficit. (Morgan, Rampton and Cornwell, 2/3)

Fox News: GOP-Led House Votes To Repeal Obamacare
President Obama already has threatened to veto the legislation -- and like past bills to repeal ObamaCare, it is unlikely to go far under the current administration, despite Republicans now controlling the Senate and having a bigger majority in the House. But the vote serves as an opening shot in the 114th Congress’ efforts to chip away at the law. Several lawmakers have introduced bills to change or undo parts of the Affordable Care Act, and some could garner bipartisan support. (2/3)

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