Washington – The House on Wednesday voted to repeal the Democrats’ landmark health care overhaul, in a largely symbolic step that the new Republican majority said marked the beginning of an all-out effort to dismantle President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Senate have said that they will not act on the repeal measure, effectively scuttling it.
The House vote was 245 to 189 to repeal the law, with three Democrats joining all Republicans in the majority.
While conceding the reality that the measure would not advance in the Senate, House Republicans said they would still press ahead with their “repeal and replace” strategy. The next steps, however, will be much more difficult, as they try to forge consensus on alternatives to the new law emphasizing “free market solutions” to control health costs and expand coverage.
Republicans have sketched their ideas without giving many details.