The House of Representatives will vote this week to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law. The vote, which was announced by House Republican leaders immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court’s health care ruling, will be the 31st time the Republican House will have voted to repeal or defund all, or part, of the Affordable Care Act.
But the move, like most of the votes before, will lead to nothing. The Democratic Senate won’t consider it. And even if a sprinkle of magic fairy dust fell over the Capitol dome, and the House and Senate somehow agreed to repeal the law, Mr. Obama has the ultimate say with his veto pen.
That could all change next January depending on November’s election results. The Supreme Court ruled that the heart of the health care law, the individual mandate, is constitutional, but that does not mean Congress can’t change the law in the future. Of course, repealing the law won’t be easy and many things would have to fall in just the right place for Republicans to get their way.
Here’s the list of the many events that would need to take place for Republicans to succeed in repealing the law before key provisions are fully implemented in 2014: