Six years after President Obama rammed Obamacare through a Democrat-run Congress, Republicans used their own majority to take a “monumental” step toward scrapping the overhaul Wednesday, approving a bill to ax the onerous mandates that penalize Americans who refuse to comply with the health care law’s demands.
After dozens of false starts, Republicans managed to get a bill through both chambers of Congress and sent the first big repeal to Mr. Obama, who will veto it.
There is little chance of Republicans overriding the veto, but the highlight-reel moment is designed to rally conservatives and set the tone for the election year.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, is positioning his chamber as a factory for ideas that offer a clear contrast to the Obama era.
“The people deserve a truly patient-centered health care system — and ultimately, this is going to require a Republican president,” Mr. Ryan said. “That’s why our top priority in 2016 is going to be offering the country a clear choice with a bold pro-growth agenda.”