May 3, 2011 10:10 PM by Jeannette Hynes

House acts to cut funds for key part of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans have advanced their effort
to dismantle the new health care law piece by piece by voting to
disrupt the flow of funding for health insurance exchanges, an
integral part of the law's goal of expanding insurance coverage.

The bill would take away the free hand of the health and human
services secretary in distributing money to the states to help them
set up the exchanges. Under the health care law, the secretary can
grant funds to the states without going through the annual
congressional budget process.

Like previous efforts by House Republicans to repeal or weaken
the health care law, the bill is likely to be ignored by the
Democratic-led Senate and would face a presidential veto anyway.

The vote split mainly along party lines, 238-183.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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