President Barack Obama vetoed legislation to repeal his healthcare law,
saying the measure “would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving healthcare in America.” The veto was expected. But Republicans claimed victory with the vote, arguing that they met two goals by finally passing a repeal bill: keeping a promise to voters in an election year; and showing that they are capable of repealing the law if a Republican wins November’s presidential election. Republican lawmakers have pushed many repeal measures since 2010, when Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This was the first of those bills to clear Congress and reach his desk.