House GOP withdraws health care proposal

House GOP postpones vote to use prevention money to extend coverage for high-risk patients

Associated Press
Under criticism, GOP puts off its health care bill
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2011 file photo, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are offering to bail out a program in President Barack Obama’s health care law that provides coverage to people with pre-existing medical problems. But they’d do it by diverting money from another part of the law, unacceptable to many Democrats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have put off a vote on legislation to rescue a main feature of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — affordable coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions — after it ran into strong opposition from both conservatives and Democrats.

The legislation is a departure from past GOP efforts to kill the Affordable Health Care Act outright, and faced a White House veto threat.

Democrats are against it because it would bail out the struggling program to help those with pre-existing conditions get insurance by raiding a disease prevention provision the administration says is essential.

Conservative groups also urged Republicans to vote against it, saying it perpetuated the federal role in health care.

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