Another Week, Another Vote (or Two) to Defund Health-Reform Bill

The news of Osama bin Laden’s death may have consumed Capitol Hill Monday, but it didn’t alter House Republicans’ plans to continue their months-long quest to defund President Obama’s health-care plan. Unable to decapitate last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the GOP has decided instead to administer death by 1,000 cuts – with two more cuts coming this week. On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on a pair of bills: One would repeal funding from the health-care bill for states to establish insurance exchanges, and the other would repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction. The two measures – expected to pass with near-universal Republican support – are just the latest in a series advanced by the majority that seek to dismantle the reform bill plank-by-plank. Last month, the House approved a measure repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and the chamber passed a spending resolution this year that would have defunded several parts of the law.

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