House GOP to begin work on health care law substitute

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Washington (CNN) — House Republicans stepped up their campaign against President Obama’s health care overhaul Thursday, voting to begin drafting a measure to replace the controversial new law.

Thursday’s vote followed a first move Wednesday, when the GOP-controlled House voted largely on partisan lines to repeal the health care overhaul, fulfilling a Republican promise from last fall’s midterm election.

However, the repeal vote was seen as largely symbolic. The legislation has virtually no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a certain presidential veto. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has said he will prevent the chamber from voting on it.

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