Republican-led House votes 51st time in 26 months to repeal or undermine health care law

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: March 14, 2014 - 9:14 PM
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After being greeted by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, center right, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 14, 2014.

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WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House has voted for the 51st time in 26 months to neuter the nation's health care law.

The vote was 238-181 with nearly all Democrats opposed. Now the bill goes to the Senate, where it's expected to die.

The measure would overhaul the system for paying doctors and others who treat Medicare patients. At the same time, it delays the penalty for failing to purchase coverage under the law.

The combination prompted opposition by the American Medical Association. That's despite the group's advocacy for changes in the Medicare payment system.

The vote is the first attacking the president's health care law since Republicans won an election for a House seat this week in a campaign that featured health care as an issue.

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