House Passes Bill in Bid to Undermine Health-Care Law

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Senate Won’t Take Up Measure.

In its final act before leaving Washington for a five-week recess, the House voted largely along party lines Friday to approve a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from implementing or enforcing aspects of the health-care law.

The 232-185 vote marked the 40th time that Republicans have tried to repeal some or all of the Affordable Care Act since they took control of the House in 2011.

The legislation has no chance of being enacted, since the Democrat-controlled Senate won’t address it.

Republicans said the bill was a reaction to the scandal that has engulfed the IRS over targeting conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status.

“The American people have lost their faith and trust in the IRS,” said Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.), the primary sponsor of the legislation. “That’s why this bill is so important. The IRS should not have the authority to implement or enforce [the health-care law].”

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