Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare
The struggle is not over for the Healthcare Reform Bill. Republicans unveiled repeal legislation Monday night — two days before they officially take charge of the House. They plan a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote the following Wednesday, according to House GOP sources.
Democrats say the GOP is pandering to their base. Well, if their voters elected them with the expectation that they would repeal the bill, then they should probably try to repeal it.
Passage of the health care overhaul is widely viewed as Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Most political analysts believe that while a repeal of the measure can pass the new Republican House, it has no chance of surviving the Democratic-controlled Senate or overcoming a presidential veto.
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, cited projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office noting that the Democrats’ overhaul will lower the federal deficit over the long term.
As a result, she argued, a GOP-led health care reform repeal would “do very serious violence to the national debt” — undermining a central Republican pledge of fiscal responsibility.
The Republicans “will employ budget gimmicks” and “Enron-type accounting” to make the claim that a repeal of health care reform won’t increase the debt, predicted Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland. “That kind of flim-flam” is what people came to expect of Republicans the last time they ran Congress, he said.
Republicans insist that they are moving forward with their push to repeal the health care law because the measure is hampering an economic recovery.
“Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
“Further, Obamacare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would, and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it.”
Posted on January 5, 2011, in Politics & The Economy and tagged barack obama, Democrats, health insurance, healthcare, healthcare reform, healthcare reform bill, healthcare reform repeal, healthcare repeal, nancy pelosi, obama, obamacare, pelosi, Republicans. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.