The House of Representatives Wednesday approved, on a near party line 245-189 vote, legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Only three Democrats backed the repeal, a smaller number than Republicans had predicted.

The vote on the measure, H.R. 2, which was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., included 181 cosponsors. The number of cosponsors, say reports, is largely emblematic of the GOP’s many campaign promises made during the 2010 congressional elections to beef up opposition to the law.

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