Protecting his signature domestic achievement,
Republican lawmakers have pushed many repeal measures since 2010, when Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This bill was the first one to make it through Congress and reach his desk.
In his veto message to Congress, Obama disagreed. He said the Affordable Care Act includes fairer rules and stronger consumer protections "that have made healthcare coverage more affordable, more attainable and more patient-centered. And it is working."
The veto was expected. But Republicans claimed victory nonetheless, arguing that they met two goals by finally passing a repeal bill: keeping a promise to voters in an election year, and showing that they are capable of repealing the law if a Republican wins November's presidential election. All the GOP presidential candidates support repealing Obamacare.
“We have now shown that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the
The bill would also cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
The Senate passed the measure last year under special rules that protected it from a Democratic filibuster, which takes at least 60 votes to cut off. The House passed it this week.