WASHINGTON — A
Republican drive to repeal President Barack Obama's year-old health care
law ended in an expected defeat in the Senate, leaving the Supreme
Court to render a final, unpredictable verdict on an issue steeped in
political and constitutional controversy. Republicans conceded in advance their attempt at total repeal would fall short.
The Republican campaign
to repeal Obama's signature legislative achievement was symbolic,
because Democrats still control the Senate and Obama had vowed to veto
any repeal. The vote Wednesday split along party lines, 47-51.
The Senate agreed to make one relatively minor change in the law, voting to strip out a paperwork requirement for businesses.