For first time, House sends Obama bill to repeal his health care law

The US Congress took another stab Wednesday at President Barack Obama's namesake healthcare programme, sending legislation to repeal the so-called Obamacare to the president's desk.

Conservative Republicans, who hold majorities in both the Senate and the lower House of Representatives, have tried many other ways to kill the ground-breaking 2010 healthcare law, but this is the first time opposition legislators have sent a repeal to the president's desk.

The measure, which Obama has vowed to veto, would repeal most of the officially named Affordable Care Act and strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's health care provider whose purported sale of aborted human fetal tissue to laboratories outraged conservatives.

The repeal, which cleared the Senate late last year, was approved by the House 240-181.

Obama's Democrats derided the vote as pointless because Republicans do not have enough votes to override a presidential veto.

Republicans see the effort as the opening round in a fresh fight over Obamacare that could energize the party's election-year efforts.

Since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, millions of Americans have bought health insurance or acquired coverage through government programmes.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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