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Republicans win vote in House of Representatives to repeal health reform bill

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d441
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

As expected, the Republican dominated House of Representatives voted on 19 January to repeal the health reform bill passed last March.

All 242 Republicans voted in favour of repeal; three Democrats voted in favour, and 189 voted against.

It was a symbolic act to fulfil a campaign promise by Republicans and their Tea Party allies to “repeal and replace” the health reform act. Republicans will try to force the Democrat dominated Senate to consider the bill, but if they succeed it is unlikely the Senate will vote to repeal. President Obama said that he would veto the repeal bill if it ever passed.

Republicans have not said how they plan to replace the health reform legislation if they manage to repeal it. Republicans in the House of Representatives directed several committees to draft proposals …

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