By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans want to repeal the health care law that President Barack Obama signed with a flourish a year ago. The Senate’s top Democrat says they can forget about it.
A quick showdown looms as lawmakers maneuver on an issue that has been controversial since Obama proposed it on Inauguration Day two years ago.
The bill’s supporters and critics agree on one point: The Supreme Court rather than politicians will ultimately decide the law’s fate. Two federal judges have already ruled it partially or wholly unconstitutional, but two others have upheld it.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says all 47 members of the party’s rank and file are behind the move, but the Senate’s majority leader, Democrat Harry Reid, says the Republican effort isn’t going anywhere.