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US House Passes Budget Bill That Defunds Health Care Law

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a temporary funding measure that would keep the government operating, but defunds President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

The Republican-controlled House passed the measure Friday by a vote of 230-189, largely along party lines.

The resolution will now go to the Democratically-controlled Senate where it is unlikely to pass, setting the stage for a potential partial government shutdown if a budget agreement is not reached by the end of the month.

Republican House members are strongly opposed to President Obama's health care law and have voted to repeal it 42 times.

House Speaker John Boehner argues that a majority of Americans are against the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans refer to as 'Obamacare.'

"Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare.''

The latest public opinion survey shows that 42 percent of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, while 52 percent oppose it.

President Obama sharply criticized the Republican-led House Friday, saying, "You do not have to threaten to blow the whole thing up just because you do not get your way."

The debate over a funding bill is likely to be followed by another political battle over raising the debt ceiling, expected around mid-October.

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