House Votes For 51st Time To Gut Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2014) The Republican-controlled U.S. House voted Friday for the 51st time in 38 months to gut the nation's health care law.

The measure, which passed by a vote of 238-181, would overhaul the system for paying doctors and others who treat Medicare patients and would delay the penalty for failing to purchase coverage under the law.

The combination prompted opposition by the American Medical Association, despite the group's advocacy for changes in the Medicare payment system.

The vote is the first attacking the president's health care law since Republicans won an election for a House seat this week in a campaign that featured health care as an issue.

“This legislation establishes a system that rewards quality, helps control costs and provides fair compensation for doctors. Now, the focus can once again be on protecting Medicare beneficiary access to physician services and providing the highest quality of care for our seniors,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, a co-sponsor of the bill.

The bill is expected to die in the U.S. Senate.

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