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House To Vote On Bill To Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood


A bill repealing key provisions of Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood is scheduled to come to the House floor next week, Republican leaders have revealed.

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act on Wednesday after returning from the holiday recess.

The legislation repeals key parts of Obamacare, including the individual and employer mandates, the so-called "Cadillac tax" and the medical device tax, and also halts federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

In a largely party-line vote, the Senate approved the bill earlier this month using the reconciliation process, which prevented a Democratic filibuster.

The House passed similar legislation in October, but changes to the language of the Senate version of the bill require another vote in the House.

In order to win over some reluctant Republicans, the Senate version of the bill included language that phases out Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid over two years.

President Barack Obama has promised to veto the bill and the votes are largely seen as a symbolic effort to appease conservatives.

A statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., office argued that passage of the bill would force the president to confront the failures of Obamacare once and for all.

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