Under criticism, GOP puts off its health care bill

April 24, 2013
by Jim Abrams
Associated Press


An effort by House Republicans to highlight problems with the health care law by bailing out a program for people with pre-existing medical conditions appeared to backfire Wednesday.

GOP leaders postponed a scheduled vote after the measure met strong opposition from two directions: from conservative groups resistant to any federal role in care and from Democrats who objected that the Republicans planned to pay for the high-risk patient program by raiding a disease prevention provision the administration says is essential to the overhaul.

The legislation, a departure from the usual GOP efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act outright, also faced a White House veto threat.



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