House Votes to Repeal 'Obamacare'

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, though the vote was mostly symbolic and isn't expected to hold up in the Senate.

The House voted 245-189 to overturn the health care reform law, Wednesday, which was a key campaign issue for Republicans in the midterm elections.

Four Democrats joined the GOP in voting against the legislation.

"Let's stop payment on this check before it can destroy more jobs and put us in an even deeper hole," House Speaker John Boehner said. "Then, let's work together to put in place reforms that lower costs without destroying jobs or bankrupting this government."

"Obamacare is bad for workers. It's bad for employers. It's bad for America," added Rep. Renee Ellmers, R- N.C.

Click play to watch David Brody's updated report followed by comments from Tom McClusky, vice president for government affairs at the Family Research Council, on the possibility of a health care law repeal. 

Ultimately, the U.S. Senate or the president himself will halt the effort for the repeal, but the House vote by the GOP accomplished two goals. It fulfilled a campaign promise and could signal the beginning of the end of the law -- and of Obama's time in office.

"We have to continue with all fervency in the House until we can get a new constitutional conservative president in office, and I firmly believe that President Obama will be a one-term President." as Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn., told CBN News.

If the repeal doesn't work, the GOP will try to cut off funding for the bill.

Tim Phillips, the chief executive officer of Americans for Prosperity, explained on a recent CBN News' Brody File Show that dismantling controversial pieces of the law would also be very effective.

One of the first provisions of the health care law Republicans would like to get rid of is the mandate requiring all Americans to buy insurance.

"Let's break those out, send those to Obama and send those to Harry Reid and say, 'Okay, you don't want to repeal the whole thing. Then let's take some of the most outrageous, onerous provisions of this legislation and let's get rid of it for the good of the American people," Phillips told CBN News.

For now, the American people will be put through yet another round of congressional battles over Obamacare.

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