WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are mobilizing for an election-season vote to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.
GOP lawmakers are lambasting the 2-year-old law as a threat to the nation's economic recovery. And they're predicting that some Democrats will join them in repudiating it.
A vote for repeal is set for tomorrow in the Republican-led house. All GOP members are expected to support it.
But the measure faces certain death in the Senate, where Democrats hold a majority.
In the run-up to the House vote, Democrats are seeking political advantage in the lack of a Republican alternative.
Republican officials say the general reluctance to sketch any sort of alternative stems from a desire to focus public attention on the health care law itself. It generally fares poorly in public polling, both nationally and in surveys of independent voters.
193-a-07-(Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., at news conference)-"must do better"-Congresswoman Nan Hayworth says the health care law will hurt the economy. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (10 Jul 2012)
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194-a-11-(Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., during debate)-"not go back"-Congressman John Lewis says the law must stand.((longer version of cut in wrap)) (10 Jul 2012)
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195-a-16-(Congressman Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman, House Ways and Means Committee, during debate)-"the middle class"-House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp says the health care law is a huge failure. (10 Jul 2012)
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196-a-11-(Congressman G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., during debate)-"assuredly veto it"-Congressamn G.K. Butterfield says the bill has no future. (10 Jul 2012)
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192-w-37-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., and Congressman John Lewis, D-N.Y.)--The House spent much of the day debating a GOP proposal to repeal the presifent's health care law. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (10 Jul 2012)
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