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States, not Congress, may have better chance of thwarting healthcare law

Reporting from Washington and Chicago — House Republicans swept to power Tuesday with promises to roll back the new healthcare law and subject its creators to a merciless round of congressional investigations.

But the fate of President Obama’s sweeping overhaul will probably be determined not in Washington but in state capitals across the country, where the GOP also scored dramatic victories.

Republican governors and legislatures, who are charged with carrying out crucial parts of the law, will be in a position to put pressure on the White House to scale back some plans, including the extension of government-subsidized health benefits to millions of uninsured Americans.

State Republicans could also temper insurance regulations and compel a relaxation of new mandates set to take effect over the next few years.

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