The GOP-controlled House is cruising toward a vote to gut President Barack Obama's health care plan as part of a temporary funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.
While raising the possibility of a government closure, the latest GOP plan is actually aimed at avoiding one. GOP leaders are looking to shift the fight over health care to even more important legislation required to prevent the government from defaulting on its financial obligations.
The White House is promising that the president would veto GOP-backed legislation that would gut his signature health care law.
In an official statement, the White House said the effort to "defund 'Obamacare'" would deny health care to millions of people.
House Republicans have attached it to a must-pass stopgap spending bill required to avert a partial shutdown of the government after the Sept. 30 end of the government's fiscal year.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to block the move to derail Obamacare, which has been forced upon House GOP leaders by dozens of lawmakers in the tea party wing of the party.
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