As promised, the US House of Representatives held a vote yesterday, attempting to override President Obama’s veto on a bill which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act. The 241-186 vote in the House was a largely symbolic vote that was not expected to reach the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.
The Associated Press reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan is planning a Republican proposal this year to replace the health care reform law passed six years ago.
The US Supreme Court has rejected the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Modern Healthcare reported that the Court refused to hear a case alleging that the ACA law should have originated in the House instead of the Senate. To date, lower courts have uniformly rejected the challenge. The Court’s refusal to take up the challenge leaves those decisions intact, likely putting the issue to rest.
The case is Sissel v.Department of Health and Human Services, 15-543.
President Obama vetoed Congress’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Friday. The House passed this repeal 240 to 181 on January 6, after the Senate approved the bill 52 to 47 in December.
The congressional vote margins indicate that there is not enough support to overturn the President’s veto (The Washington Post).