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House passes bill to repeal Affordable Care Act

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Updated: 7/11/2012 2:17 pm
By Steve Handelsman
NBC News

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives has voted to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, known by its detractors as "Obamacare."

It's a symbolic vote that will not change the law.

The bill has no chance of passing the Senate, but Republicans want to show their resolve.

"This bill is making our economy worse, driving up the cost of healthcare, and making it harder for small business to hire new workers," House Speaker John Boehner said before the vote.

Democrats warned against repeal.

"It's time for republicans to end their relentless obsession with talking away health care benefits from millions of Americans," said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

House Republican leaders have held at least 30 votes to kill the Affordable Care act.

Mitt Romney kept up his attack as well during his Wednesday speech at the NAACP convention.

He was booed.

"I probably would not have used the term in that crowd, Obamacare because that personalized it and all of a sudden it sounded like you were talking more about the president," Republican strategist Ken Blackwell said afterward.

Still, Romney believes keeping health care a hot issue will help him in November.


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