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Congress to vote on repeal of Affordable Care Act

Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 |
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WASHINGTON D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Congress is back from its holiday vacation and is ready to get back to business.

First item on the House agenda: Repealing President Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act.

House republicans are making a move to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform law.

"This has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry," said Rep. John Boehner.

Just days after the Supreme Court upheld the law, the House begins debate today and will vote tomorrow on House Resolution 6079: “The Repeal of Obamacare Act."

The vote will be the 31st time Congress has voted to repeal, defund or dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

"It's like Groundhog Day around here," said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. D-New Jersey

The bill will likely pass the House tomorrow, but it is virtually certain to fail in the Senate, and even if it passes, the White House has already said the president would veto it, leaving some wondering why they would hold yet another vote.

A new Kaiser Foundation poll finds most republican voters want Congress to keep trying to repeal the law. 41-percent of independents and just 14-percent of democrats feel the same way.

"The most obvious downside of Obamacare is that it's not affordable. His plan raises taxes by over 500-billion dollars," said Mitt Romney.

Romney promises to repeal the healthcare law if he's elected in November. He's been able to raise millions of dollars for his campaign as a result of the Supreme Court ruling.

“This health care issue is definitely going to be firing up the grassroots base and probably in a way that is going to be very beneficial to republicans," said Adam Brandon, Executive VP of Freedomworks.

President Obama says the healthcare law is good for America and that it's time for Congress to move on.

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The Obama administration achieved a major victory in late June when the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to uphold the nationwide subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2015 is closed but people with special circumstances can still get covered on healthcare.gov.

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