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House Passes Bill to Repeal Health Care Law

On January 19, the House passed, 245-189, the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (H.R. 2). The measure would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) and the health care-related provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152). President Obama signed both bills into law in March 2010 (see The Source, 3/22/10 and 3/26/10).

On January 20, the House approved, 253-175, a resolution (H. Res. 9) to direct the Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees to draft legislation to replace the existing law with provisions that “lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice…reform the medical liability system to reduce unnecessary and wasteful health care spending…provide people with pre-existing conditions access to affordable health coverage…[and] prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and provide conscience protections for health care providers,” among others.

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