House GOP sends health law repeal to Obama for first time

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters as Congress begins the new year on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama’s desk repealing his signature health care law.

There have been dozens of previous repeal attempts in the House and the Senate. Wednesday’s vote in the House marks the first time such a bill will actually make it all the way to the White House.

The legislation, which also cuts federal funding for Planned Parenthood, passed the Senate last year under special rules protecting it from a Democratic filibuster. Wednesday’s House vote was 240-181 along party lines.

Obama will veto the bill. But Republicans say that by holding the vote they have fulfilled a promise to voters in an election year. They also say they’ve demonstrated that if a Republican wins the presidency they will actually succeed in repealing the health law.

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