House Democrats OK bill boosting health care law

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WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats have pushed legislation through the House that would buttress the 2010 health care law and curb prescription drug prices.

But the bill has no chance of surviving in the Senate or getting President Donald Trump's signature. And it seems engineered with next year's elections in mind.

The measure forced Republicans into the uncomfortable political position of casting a single vote on legislation that contained popular drug pricing restraints they support, but also provisions strengthening President Barack Obama's health care statute that they oppose.

Most Republicans voted against the overall package.

The bill would reverse steps Trump has taken to weaken Obama's law, like blocking Trump's expansion of the availability of low-cost, low-coverage plans. It would also make it easier for generic drug makers to sell their products, which cost less than brand-name pharmaceuticals.

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