BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown are taking opposites sides in the fight over whether to repeal the national health care overhaul law backed by President Barack Obama.

When a Republican-led drive to end the law came up for a vote in the Senate on Wednesday, Kerry, a Democrat, voted to keep the law while Brown, a Republican, voted to repeal it.

The final, party-line vote, was 47-51 against repeal.

Kerry said repealing the law would take away insurance from 32 million Americans, increase taxes on small businesses, and add to the deficit.

Brown campaigned against the overhaul last year.

The Republican-led House last month voted to back a repeal, also largely on partisan lines.

The fate of the law could now end up in the hands of the Supreme Court.

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Comments (2)
  1. Cynic says:

    I could see repeal if a better workable alternative was being offered. Health care is a colosal problem that absolutly must be solved.We can’t just go back to the way things were. That would mean that the Insurance Companies have won and the People are getting ripped off again. Why do I get the Impression that the People voting for repeal are OWNED by the Insurance Companies?

  2. DStein says:

    REPEAL Obama-care NOW! It’s the worst piece of legislation in this country’s history. Taxpayers and businesses can’t afford it. My employer’s healthcare costs jumped 72% since Obama-car passed. Obama-care is bad for business and it’s a JOB KILLER! We simply can’t afford another entitlement program until the ones we already had are fully funded.

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