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Healthcare overhaul repealed by House


The healthcare debate has been reopened, but a vote yesterday is unlikely to change anything.

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul.

For Republicans, it was an opportunity to deliver on campaign promises to reshape the law. The measure passed 245-189, with all of the House’s 242 Republicans voting in favor along with three Democrats.

“Repeal means keeping a promise. This is what we said we would do,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a speech on the House floor.

Democrats, though, said they will block the effort, and Obama would have the option to veto any measure that would reach his desk, giving the bill little chance to become law.

“This is the political theater part of it,” said New York Democrat Charles Rangel on the House floor.

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