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Obama threatens veto to health care repeal bill

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, following their first GOP policy meeting since Congress reconvened yesterday. With Congress under full GOP control for the first time in eight years, Republicans are pursuing an ambitious agenda including early votes on bills to advance the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline and change the definition of full-time work under Obama's health law from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. President Obama has threatened to veto both measures.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., with Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, following their first GOP policy meeting since Congress reconvened yesterday. With Congress under full GOP control for the first time in eight years, Republicans are pursuing an ambitious agenda including early votes on bills to advance the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline and change the definition of full-time work under Obama’s health law from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. President Obama has threatened to veto both measures. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is threatening to veto a Republican bill that would repeal his health care law.

The White House says the Affordable Care Act is working and is improving care for Americans. Officials say repealing the law would take health coverage away from millions of Americans and prevent others from gaining coverage.

The bill is expected to face a vote in the House this week. In an attempt to rally support for preserving the law, Obama was to meet Tuesday with Americans who wrote him letters about how the law had helped them.

Obama’s warning joins a string of veto threats he’s issued since the new, fully Republican-run Congress took over this year. He’s also threatened to veto measures dealing with abortion, government regulation and pipeline licensing.

 

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