WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending President Barack Obama’s health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional.
The House has filed papers seeking to intervene in the case, which by itself is unlikely to have a substantial impact. But the move is part of an effort by congressional Democrats to pressure Republicans.
The House plans a vote next week formally authorizing its attorneys to enter the case. That will force Republicans to choose between seeming to defend the law or support its demise.
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Republicans unanimously opposed the 2010 law and have voted repeatedly to repeal it.
During last fall’s campaign, many Republicans said they’d back legislation ensuring coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions — one of the law’s most popular benefits.
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