House Plans Vote for Repeal of Health Care Reform Law

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The health care reform law is facing opposition from the U.S. House of Representatives where a vote is being planned to strike it down on Wednesday. The health care reform bill was upheld just shy of two weeks ago by the Supreme Court after a two-year battle to have it repealed.

House Pushes to Strike Down Health Care Reform Law

Republicans in the House of Representatives announced plans this week to strike down the health care reform law. Already having held a series of committee hearings, the chamber is expected to vote to repeal the measure on today.

The vote is the latest of more than 30 House efforts to repeal part or all of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Some efforts have included cutting funding for various provisions in the law.

Opponents of the law argued recently that it is an unwarranted government intrusion in health decisions and would reduce patients to commodities who are treated on a cost basis.

They have also argued that the penalty to be paid by individuals who don’t acquire health insurance by 2014 is nothing more than a tax imposed on the middle class, something that President Barack Obama promised he wouldn’t do.

Senate Likely to Uphold Supreme Court Decision

If the vote to repeal the health care reform law passes in the House today, the Democratic-led Senate isn’t expected to allow the measure to pass in its chamber.

Also, Obama has already stated that he will veto any like measure that reaches his desk.

Democrats largely in favor of the law being upheld in its current state, have called the vote an unnecessary repetition of past political posturing on an issue that has already been settled by the Supreme Court.

Experts say both Democrats and Republicans have used the ongoing health care debate to push political agendas. With the 2012 election just around the corner, the polarizing issue could secure votes on both sides.