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US Senate doesn’t repeal health reform, but states defy the act

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d792
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The Democratic controlled US Senate voted on Wednesday 2 February not to repeal the health reform act passed last March. The Republican controlled House of Representatives had voted two weeks ago to repeal the act (BMJ 2011;342:d441, 21 Jan, doi:10.1136/bmj.d441).

The Senate vote means that the repeal bill is dead for this Congress, but Republicans have said that they would continue efforts to repeal or defund parts of the bill.

In court decisions two judges have ruled that the health reform law is unconstitutional, and another two have ruled that it is constitutional. The case is …

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