On Friday, President Barack Obama vetoed the Republican sponsored bill that would have repealed his signature healthcare law. He followed through on his pledge to beat back all threats to the centerpiece to his two-term domestic legacy.
Obama in a message to Capitol Hill said that because of what harm that the bill would cause the financial security and health of millions of people in the U.S., it earned his veto.
The bill would also block Planned Parenthood from federal funding. It was passed on Wednesday by the House 240 to 181, with just four members of the House crossing party lines. Last month the bill was passed by the Senate 52 to 47.
Neither of the margins is sufficient to override a veto by Obama, but the Republicans said since they were able to find a path around a filibuster by the Democrats in the Senate and get the repeal bill passed, gives them the momentum heading toward the presidential race of 2016.
Paul Ryan the House Speak said on Friday that it was not any surprise that someone with the name of Obama would veto a bill that would repeal Obamacare. However, he did say the House would hold a vote attempting to override the veto taking the process to its end under the U.S. Constitution.
Ryan on Thursday signed the new bill in a big ceremony on Capitol Hill surrounded by many of his fellow Republican lawmakers.
He said the one story that was told on Thursday was that it is a myth that Obamacare will be the law of the land a long time.
He added that the law would either collapse or a law like the one that I am signing will be passed to repeal the law and a Republican president would sign it into law.
This is the sixth veto Obama delivered since last January when the Republicans gained control of the Senate following the November 2014 elections.
Numerous other bills that were GOP-backed failed to get out of the Senate, where the Democrats have enough votes that they can filibuster any bill where they are unified in its opposition.