Naftali Bendavid | Senate to Vote on Health-Law Repeal
WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans, seizing on a court ruling that the health-care overhaul passed last year is unconstitutional, will push ahead with a vote to repeal the legislation.
The Senate effort, expected Wednesday, is almost certain to fail, likely ensuring that the push by Congress to undo the health measure goes no further, at least until the next election.
But GOP leaders said the law was unpopular, and that given two court rulings declaring all or part of the legislation unconstitutional, they were sending an important message by holding the vote. Two other federal judges have upheld the law.
"The importance of a repeal vote becomes more evident every day," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). "Americans view it as an important decision point, a marker that shows we’re serious about a return to limited government."
He added, "At this point, it would be a dereliction of duty if Republicans didn’t fight for repeal."