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Editorial: Battle has started on health care law repeal

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The political posturing over the health care law began this week as the House Republicans voted Friday to make an attempt at repeal.

The two-paragraph health care reform repeal has been scheduled for a vote Wednesday. While the outcome in the House is a foregone conclusion as the Republicans are delivering on a campaign pledge, it has little chance of clearing the Senate due its Democrat majority.

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Americans remain closely divided on the health care law. A recent Gallup poll confirms this division.

The poll found of those surveyed 46 percent want the health care law repealed, while 40 percent want the law to remain. The majority of Republicans want the law repealed, while a majority of the Democrats wants the law to remain.

The poll also found that a majority of men want the law repealed, while a majority of women wants the law to remain. The majority of adults under 30 want the law to remain, while the majority of adults, those 50-64, want the law repealed.

Certainly, this House repeal effort on the health care law will fail, but it will satisfy the Tea Party segment of the GOP and keep the party's base united.

The times are changing a bit in the House. According to the Los Angeles Times, 13 of the House Democrats who voted against the health care law last year and remain in Congress failed to join the GOP repeal effort.

Then the battle of the health care law will continue as the Republicans plan to attack the bill in a piecemeal fashion.

One of the first questions for Congress is this. How will they repeal a law that is just now kicking in some popular provisions? Those include:

- Providing seniors, who meet certain requirements, a 50 percent reduction in their Medicare prescription drug costs.

- Prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.

- Allowing parents to enroll their adult children on family plans until age 26.

The health care law debate will likely continue through the 2012 election. The political strategy of repeal will continue and only time will tell about its success.

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