House Votes to Repeal Year-Old Health Care Law

January 19, 2011 - 7:27 PM

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, speaks about the upcoming vote to repeal the health care bill, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling R-Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington (AP) - The Republican-controlled House has voted to repeal the health care law President Barack Obama signed last year.

The 245-189 vote marks the fulfillment of a promise many Republicans made in last fall's political campaigns.

The measure has little or no chance of passing the Senate, where Democratic supporters of the law have a majority. And Obama has vowed to veto it if it reaches his desk.

Republicans said repeal was necessary because the law provides for a government takeover of the health care system, raises taxes and would destroy jobs.

Democrats denied that, and said repeal would strip Americans of new protections against insurance industry abuses that deny them coverage they have paid for.