GOP takes new aim at health reform

WASHINGTON – House Republicans voted for the 37th time Thursday evening to repeal all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, underscoring once again the deep partisan divide over the landmark 2010 legislation.

The bill to roll back the entire Affordable Care Act passed 229-195, with just two Democrats crossing the aisle to join the GOP. No Republicans voted against the legislation, which is assured of going nowhere in the Senate.

Democrats, who highlighted the lack of a GOP alternative for expanding health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, ridiculed the repeal legislation.

“Not only is this a clear waste of time and of taxpayer dollars, it’s a deliberate vote to eliminate the affordable quality health and care benefits millions of Americans are already enjoying,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said.

The Obama administration continues to move ahead with implementing the law despite the continued GOP resistance.

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