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GOP-Controlled House Votes To Repeal Health Law

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

(Washington D.C.) - The House of Representatives voted Wednesday for the 33rd time to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. The voting was more symbolic as President Obama's signature piece of legislation was upheld in a ruling by the United States Supreme Court two weeks ago and the Democratic-controlled Senate will not agree to repeal the law.

In a statement released after the vote, Republican Congressman Michael McCaul still hopes the law will be repealed after the elections in November.

"While the Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the president¹s health care law, fortunately the legislative branch will have the final say," he said. 

Democrat representative for Texas, Lloyd Doggett, said the vote shows the lack of a better alternative for health care reform from the Republican Party.

"Today's vote didn't serve any purpose," he told KEYE TV.

A recent report by the Federal government ranks Texas as one of the worst states when it comes to health care services. And with more than 25 percent of the population lacking medical coverage, it has the nation's highest rate of uninsured people. 

In the wake of those numbers, "We need to respond to their needs and all the businesses from Central Texas that can't get insurance now," Doggett said. "This bill, while far from perfect is a good way to address those concerns."

By Ana Melgar.GOP-Controlled House Votes To Repeal Health Law


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