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New House Leaders To Hold Health Care Repeal Vote Next Week

The House's new Republican management intends to vote to repeal the new health care law which passed last year, according to Politico.

There've been mixed signals about when the vote, seen as largely symbolic, would be held.

Over the weekend, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) indicated the vote would be held sooner rather than later, perhaps even this week.

But then it sounded like the vote might come just before President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech at the end of January or the start of February.

As part of their Pledge to America, House Republicans promised to act to repeal the law soon after they take control. And they take charge Wednesday. Given that, Republicans have decided to go with an earlier vote than some had thought though not as soon as this week.

A Politico piece by Carrie Budoff Brown reported:

Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor announced the timeline for considering the repeal legislation Monday: the bill will post on the Rules Committee website Monday night, the Rules Committee will meet Thursday, and the rule for the debate will be considered on the House floor Friday. The repeal vote will follow on Wednesday, Jan 12.

"Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said in a statement. “Further, Obamacare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it. That is why the House will repeal it next week.”

Democrats still control the Senate and the presidency, however, so the House repeal vote isn't expected to get very far beyond that chamber.

The vote will allow Republicans to say they kept their promise. It will also sharpen their 2012 campaign message that voters will have to add to their numbers, giving them Senate control and the White House, if a repeal is to happen.

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