Senate OKs Republican bill unraveling Obama health care law

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from the chamber as Republicans pushed legislation toward Senate approval that would demolish President Barack Obama's signature health care law and halt Planned Parenthood's federal money, setting up a veto fight the GOP knows it will lose but thinks will delight conservative voters in next year's elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. McConnell said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "punctuated with hopelessness," as he blamed it for rising medical costs and problems encountered by Kentuckians. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have muscled legislation through the Senate aimed at crippling two of their favorite targets: President Barack Obama’s health care law and Planned Parenthood.

Thursday’s 52-47 vote came with GOP lawmakers all but applauding a promised veto by Obama.

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They want to use that veto as a message to signal voters in next year’s elections that sending a Republican to the White House could doom the health care overhaul and the money Planned Parenthood gets from federal taxpayers.

After the House’s expected rubber stamp in coming days, the bill will be the first to reach Obama’s desk demolishing his health care law and blocking Planned Parenthood’s federal money.

Democrats say the bill would deny health coverage to millions of Americans who have gained coverage from the law.

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