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House votes to repeal health care law

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The House voted Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul law.The 245-189 vote marks the fulfillment of a promise many Republicans made in last fall's political campaigns. But Republicans do not hold a majority in the Senate, so the repeal is not expected to clear the Senate or survive a presidential veto.

The initial round of debate Tuesday was free of the rancor seen during the sessions that culminated in party-line passage of the historic legislation in 2010.

The law would provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people, with tax credits to make premiums more affordable for the middle class, along with an expanded Medicaid program for the poor.

Starting in 2014, most Americans would be required to carry health insurance, a first-of-its-kind mandate that Republicans are challenging as unconstitutional in federal court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.