House GOP advances filibuster-proof bill to undo health law

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are advancing legislation to dismantle President Barack Obama's health law that could actually reach the president's desk.

The House GOP has voted more than 50 times to repeal all or parts of the health law. Almost all the bills died in the Senate.

But this time, Republicans are using a maneuver that prevents Senate Democrats from blocking the legislation. Obama can still veto it, but the vote could provide a blueprint for gutting the law if Republicans retake the White House in 2016.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday to repeal two mandates — that most Americans get health insurance and that large companies provide health benefits to workers.

The bill would repeal a tax on higher-priced health plans and a tax on medical devices.