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House Republicans say they will vote to defund President Obama's health care law as part of a measure to keep the government running past the end of the month.

The move would set up a confrontation with the democratic-controlled Senate and increase the possibility of a government shutdown.

House Speaker John Boehner announced the move following a closed-door meeting with House republicans.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the House will also push to delay the health care law for a year as part of a plan to extend the government's ability to borrow.

Today, Congressman Phil Roe, of Tennessee, unveiled a health care plan he helped author.

It's called the American Health Care Reform Act.

Dr. Roe says it's an alternative proposal that would repeal and replace the President's health care law.

The bill's introduction comes at a time when opponents had yet to advance any comprehensive alternative to the law President Obama signed in 2010, even though lawmakers have voted more than 40 times on repealing part or all of it.

Congressman Roe told us the bill introduced today will not increase taxes, does not rely on mandates, expands coverage and lowers costs.

"This bill is not perfect. It's open to amendment as opposed to the bill, the Affordable Care Act which was just shoved down our throat," said Congressman Roe. "I would certainly encourage my democratic colleagues to read this bill, and if they have improvements they want to add to it, I'm more than open."

Congressman Roe says the next step is for the House to vote to pass that continued resolution that defunds the Affordable Care Act in the next two days.

He believes that resolution will pass.

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