Democrats dismiss GOP health care repeal push
January 4th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Democrats dismiss GOP health care repeal push

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is dismissing Republicans' plans to ram a repeal of his health care overhaul through the House of Representatives in the opening days of the new Congress, portraying the move as little more than a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base.

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.

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  1. Patriot

    GOP: Nice that you now confirm after the elections that you were/are more interested in tax breaks for the wealthy than health care for Americans. Guess you forgot about smalll things like jobs and economic growth. Keep 'er in the still haven't figured out what Americans want!!!

    January 4, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Liam

    Its good the GOP is showing that Obamacare in the end will not defray costs or do anything else other that make healthcare more expensive and burdensome. History will not look favorably on Obamacare unless you like Greece or other bankrupt third world countries who want the government to be all things to all people.

    January 4, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    portraying the move as little more than a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base.
    That's all the Hollow Brains GOP crowd has: hollow, meaningless but VERY EXPENSIVE nods to their base.


    January 4, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    what a total waste of time. The GOP was supposed to be elected by the American people as they claim to focus on jobs and the economy. They used fear and mis-information and a lot of money to get into power and now the first thing they want to do is go after the HC bill. That'll sure create a lot of jobs. Bye doughnut hole, pre-existing condition retainment, and keeping your kids on your policy beyond the teen years. The bill is far from perfect, but the GOP is only interested in keeping their buddies in the insurance compaines happy.

    January 4, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Airdoc

    So it is true that even after the "shellacking" they took in November that the democrats still don't want to listen to a majority of the American people ! Keep it up and see what happens in 2012.

    January 4, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. John G

    Of course they do it's completely expected. Gridlock is more than welcomed. Screw these ignorant and arrogant uber liberals. Welcome to the jungle Obama.

    January 4, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Sniffit

    As well they should. It won't work to go for a straight up repeal, which is whyt he GOP is specifically rewriting the rules to exempt their purposefully budget-wrecking policies from the required consideration of their effects on the deficit AND is planning on using "Deem and Pass" (a/k/a "Demon Pass"), something they themselves and their teatarded brethren threw a complete nutty over when the Dems threatened to use it, in order to give Paul Ryan the questionably-constitutional power to unilaterally set all budgetary spending levels for FY 2011.

    Gonna do a story on these facts, CNN, or is it all just more IOKIYAR??? Gonna bury it, ignore it and pretend this isn't the absolute height of hypocrisy, non-bipartisanship, non-compromise, "ramming it down our throats"???? Hmmmmm???

    January 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Take America Back From the I.T.T Democrats

    What did you think they would say??? All you Liberal Media ites.....yes CNN included......just keep on trying to poo poo on the American majority's voice on repealing Obamacare and continue to watch your viewing/membership numbers dwindle! Why do you think Fox News along with Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Shawn Hannity, Mark Levine, etc....all their numbers keep CLIMBING!
    The Left's response to this phenomina; "the American public is just DUMB!".....Truth; the American public is smarter than any one on the Left realizes! We know TRUTH when we hear it and we know LIES when we hear them as well! IE: "If you like your current Health Plan, you can keep your current Health Plan".....

    January 4, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Marcus

    To repeal the so called 'Obamacare' would be only possible IF the GOP had enough votes to repeal any veto that the POTUS might (let's face it, WILL) use in any law that they produce on the subject.
    Do they have such votes?
    NO, not even if we count the 'Blue Dems' and only in the House.
    So Joe Miller was not that far away from the other GOPers after all... for they also are after a vain attempt of making sure that THEIR point of view will last in the end, and don't bother about the cost of their 'crusade' one bit...

    January 4, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Republicans want to repeal health care reform, they want to break up the unions – the newest public enemy #1 apparently even though these people pay for their benefits but let's not let facts get in the way, huh? – they want to cut back on or privatize Social Security and Medicare. And all this while helping their million/billiionaire friends to keep more of their money, at our expense.

    Yet they collect six figure salaries – the last 2 years for doing absolutely nothing but trying to destroy this country so our President will fail. They are provided with cadillac health care benefits, that evil government run health care they so hate yet can't wait to have (Andy Harris I'm talking to you), which we pay for.

    Does anyone else see that they're making sure the American people will never get ahead, all in favor of the rich people that fund their campaigns? Or is it just me? And if it isn't just me, when are we going to realize that they're trying to destroy our President, make him fail, and are more than willing to take us out as collateral damage, just to regain power. And we thought it was good to put them back in power? Seriously? Did you forget they nearly sunk us 2 years ago? What the hell is wrong with us. Are we truly a species that would cut off our noses to spite our faces. Let's punish the Democrats for not getting us out of the hole we're in by putting back in the people that put us in that hole? Good Grief!

    January 4, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Me

    Touch this and they're out next election.

    January 4, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Darko

    "...little more than a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base."

    stay in denail Barry. Literalville is getting closer.

    That being said, there's little the GOP can do other than defund until the next election or until the lawsuits hit SCOTUS.
    I'm all for it though. Force the Obama and the dems to defend the indefensible. Highlight every single lie told to get this bill passed. Start with the laughable cost predictions and then hammer the point that the top pushers of bill are the very ones applying (and receiving) wavers from the law.

    January 4, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. FM

    GOP funding the wars are the best thing for them to do, but letting their fellow Americans have the health care they deserve that is a sin to them. My fellow Dems, get very ready to rumble with these inconsiderate republicans.

    January 4, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. James, AL

    Here we go again, another game of cat and mouse. Why wasn't the first thing jobs and spending? The republicans are not serious, they just wanted to be back in power!

    January 4, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. John B. From New Hampshire


    "So the same guys who said Obama shouldn't have focused on health care instead of the economy are focusing on health care instead of the economy."

    BRAVO and EXACTLY right! It's a shame the 1+1=3 crowd won't understand!

    January 4, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. AqChicago

    With a veto at Obama's side, the GOP cannot move a dime on this....they can only be trouble makers and altough the public has a short memory, the majority of americans will soon figure out the GOP dirty tactics

    January 4, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    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.

    This is where a supposedly legitimate news organization such as CNN pretends itself to be, should feel obligated to explain whether the entire Health Care bill is being voted in repeal of, and if so, what alternative Health Care plan are GOPers considering as follow up to Affordable Health Care.

    January 4, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    So, what are the GOP priorities? From what we've seen so far, they're tax cuts for the rich and repeal health care reform. Boy, those two ought to really help the majority of Americans. Wonder how many jobs will be created by these efforts? If you thought Gingrich ran a partisan political hatchet job on Clinton, wait 'till you see Bohner's efforts against Obama.

    If you voted for these fools, well, enjoy your poverty; you're going to have it for a long time.

    January 4, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    That this useless political grandstanding isn't seen as a waste of precious time and effort by the so-called conservative base is an indication indeed of just how 'base' and hypocritical the [R] party has become. The people who voted these neo-nincompoops back into power supposedly wanted the new Congress to get things done and put stark partisanship aside....well, how do these voters feel now? I suspect we'll hear alot of hem-ing and haw-ing and making-of-excuses from these partisan neo-apologists....its been OK with these voting neo-morons since 2006 that the congressional [Rs] do nothing but stonewall....and so now we'll have more of the same from the FAILED party of do-nothing for this country.

    And this is what passes for 'conservative' these days? Just abjectly pathetic!

    January 4, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    Isn't this something!! The GOP is going to "sit back" and let JOBS create itself on its own. Meanwhile, they will TRY to UNDO what the President has already DONE and the majority of American people agree on!!!

    Hmm, on second thought – Remember – BIG CORPs and BIG/small business/CORPs are in the RepubliCAN'T's back pocket. They just gave them two more years of TAX CUTS to make "Mo' Money". The BIG CORPs will now create jobs – jobs they could have created years ago – just to "pay back" the PUBS for their "breaks". Jobs just might CREATE “on its OWN” for the next two years!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts claim they want to cause a "gridlock" if they don't get what they want!!! Repealing EVERYTHING is probably all the RepubliCAN’Ts have to offer – NEXT – cutting SS, Medicare, Education, etc. – THINK ABOUT IT!!!

    We need to continue to support our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD in the right direction!!!

    January 4, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. LGNY

    It's all silly politics. They have the votes to repeal in the House, but not in the Senate and neither body can override a veto. So, it all just wastes time and encourages plenty of posturing without accomplishing anything.

    More importantly, what can be done to fine tune it instead of going all the way back to a full repeal. There may be room for compromise there. This law is far from perfect.

    January 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    portraying the move as little more than a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base.

    So repealing a law that is OPPOSED by over 60% of the American people is "a hollow nod to the GOP's conservative base"??? It was clear this dolt doesn't care one wit about what the voters want. He and the DemocRATS in the Senate will get one more chance to spit in the face of the American people and not support the repeal. But don't worry DemocRATS, it WILL happen early in 2013 after you get THROWN OUT EN MASSE in Nov. 2012.

    You defy the will of the American people and you will pay with your office.

    January 4, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Lyle

    Let's hear the GOP's reasons for trying to repeal Healthcare reform – other than they are following the orders of their insurance company masters. Don't waste time trying to make political points. If there are things about the law that you do not like, fix them. The time for lack of ideas and just saying "no" are over". Lets see what you have to offer GOP (and, unfortunately, I think I know the answer).

    January 4, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Name king

    These repugs keep pushing against the health care bill, because they weren't a part of it. The healthcare policy is driving employment since they added 30 million more people, I see so much student in the health care field now it's unbelievable. What will these people do if the repugs take their future job opportunities.

    January 4, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Hypocricy is a Speeding Prius

    First step in getting rid of a massive government boondoggle. Of course, we can't REALLY kill it until we get rid of another few Democratic Senators....and Jimmy Carter the 2nd.

    January 4, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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