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House to Vote on Health Care Law Repeal

Affordable Care Act Repeal Vote Preview
     WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Congress is gearing up for another showdown on health care reform.  The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Wednesday to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, less than two weeks after the Supreme Court declared a key portion of the law constitutional.   
    
The House voted dozens of times over the past year-and-a-half to repeal or cut funding to the Affordable Care At.   Now, they’re at it again, and some Republicans tell us just because the Supreme Court ruled the health care law is constitutional doesn’t mean it’s good policy.
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We’re going to be opposed to continuing ‘Obamacare.’  I think it’s the wrong policy for America, and we’ll stand for repeal of it,” said Republican Rep. Tom Reed, (R - NY 29th).
    Reed, and House lawmakers -- including Northern Tier Republican Glenn Thompson – are gearing up to vote on a new repeal bill Wednesday.   Since the health care law was enacted, the American people have been weighing in.
   
Thompson, (R - PA 5th)  said, “The bottom line is the American people have decided.  The large majority of Americans have come to the conclusion that this is a flawed policy and they deserve better. “
     Thompson is right -- the latest Rasmussen Poll shows Americans FAVOR repealing the health care law 53 to 41 percent.
    
“They won’t succeed, first of all,” said Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan. 
      Levin is also right -- there's almost no chance a repeal bill would clear the Democratically controlled Senate. 
    
“For the Republicans to want to give that power back to the insurance companies, it seems to me is going to be very unpopular, and they’re not going to succeed,” said Levin.
     “It’s not over.  I think what we’re seeing here is the beginning of a continuation of this debate,” said Reed. 
     The Obama Administration says repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit and distract from the work the Congress needs to do to fix the economy.  President Obama says he would veto the bill to repeal the health care law.
     Southern Tier Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey says he’ll vote not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.