House Sends President Obama A Bill To Repeal Affordable Care Act, Defund Planned Parenthood

| by Sean Kelly
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The House voted on Jan. 6 to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood, then sent the measure to President Barack Obama for approval.

The bill was passed 240-181 in the House, which will almost certainly be vetoed by Obama once it reaches the White House, USA Today reports. The Senate previously passed the legislation. Republicans currently control both chambers of Congress.

Because neither chamber has enough votes to override a presidential veto, the passing of the bill was more of a symbolic gesture by Republicans as they aim to take the White House in 2016.

“The people deserve a truly patient-centered health care system,” Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said, according to USA Today. 

“And ultimately, this is going to require a Republican president," he added. "That’s why our top priority in 2016 is going to be offering the country a clear choice with a bold, pro-growth agenda."

Sources: USA Today, The Hill / Photo credit: WikimediaTony Alter/Flickr