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GOP pushes repeal of Affordable Care Act

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With a struggling economy the stakes are high this election year and members of Congress are fine tuning their message to voters.

The Republican-led House has a month-long agenda aimed at highlighting where they say Democrats have gone wrong.

"We want to make sure the American people understand what we're working on in the House and what the Senate is not doing," Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, said.

This week, the House is focusing on repealing the administration's health care laws which were upheld by the Supreme Court last month.

"Now the Supreme Court has said what we've always said all along. It is a tax increase. It will be the largest tax increase in history. So we think there's a better way to improve the system. This is not the way," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.

The House held two hearings Tuesday, previewing Wednesday's vote to repeal the health care laws. Republicans voted over 30 times to overturn them, and Democrats say enough is enough.

"They feel they gain more politically from just attacking instead of offering any alternative," Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said.
Next week the House plans to highlight the Democrats' lack of a plan to deal with the massive cuts to military spending. In the following weeks they will focus on burdensome regulations for businesses and maintaining the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

While it's clear the agenda set by the House will be ignored by the Democratic-run Senate, McCaul defended his party saying they're not playing political games.

"We're trying to demonstrate that we disagree with the policy, that elections have consequences and given a different make up in the Senate and the White House we may be able to repeal and replace it," McCaul said.

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