House to resume health care repeal effort next week
January 13th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
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House to resume health care repeal effort next week

Baltimore (CNN) - After a weeklong pause in legislative business to honor the victims of the Arizona massacre, House Republicans intend to resume regular congressional business next week with a vote to repeal the health care law, a top GOP aide said Thursday.

"Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its affect on the ability to grow jobs in our country," said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.

The health care repeal vote had been scheduled for this week, but GOP leaders postponed it after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was wounded and six people were killed by a gunman Saturday.

In the wake of the shooting spree in Arizona, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have talked about working harder to create a more civil discourse. Dayspring's statement subtly suggested that Republicans understand that the tone and tenor of debate - even on a deeply partisan and emotional issue like health care - will be closely watched.

"It is our expectation that the debate will continue to focus on those substantive policy differences surrounding the new law," he said.

While a successful repeal vote would fulfill a GOP campaign promise, the measure is considered to have virtually no chance of surviving either the Democratic-controlled Senate or a promised presidential veto.

Democrats have strongly criticized the new Republican majority for pushing for a final vote on the health care measure without allowing consideration of any amendments, which they have characterized as a violation of GOP pledges for a more open legislative process.

Democrats have also seized on a recent analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that a repeal of the health care overhaul will add $230 billion to the federal debt over the next decade.

Dayspring's announcement came as House Republicans prepared for a three-day retreat in Baltimore. While members of the new House majority were already scheduled to attend meetings with GOP governors, pollsters and experts on the economy, Republican aides now say questions of how to operate in light of the Tucson shooting also will be discussed.

- CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

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  1. Trish

    REPEAL!!!!!!!!!! This is the worst peice of legislation ever forced on the innocent american people. WE Don't Want It!!!! Millions are losing thier current health plans that they LIKE!!!!! All because some people don't want to pay for their health insurance. What a joke!!!! REPEAL REPEAL REPEAL

    January 13, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Pandering to the base with a waste of valuable time. How about coming up with an amendment to the law designed to improve it. The GOP can't be trusted to repeal and replace. They are in the pocket of the health insurance industry (among others). It would be repeal and forget it.

    Millions of poor chlidren will not get coverage. We would go back to preexisting conditions, lifetime caps, no keeping young adults on your policy, and no relief for the donut hole. There would be no insurance exchange to help make more insurance affordable for small businesses.... and on and on.

    January 13, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. KatR

    On the GOP side.....policy differences are based on misinterpretation of the health care law. They don't even accept the CBO analysis that it will reduce the deficit while repealing it will cause an even bigger deficit. How can Dems engage in civil discourse when the GOP cannot accept cold, hard facts? BTW....the CBO was created by a GOP administration in 1974. Isn't it odd that 25 yrs later that same party believes that CBO input is suddenly not worthy of consideration?

    January 13, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Laverne

    No weapon formed against President Obama and the milliions of Americans without health insurance shall prosper, it just won't work! Republicans don't even understand they are not in control, but God is!

    January 13, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. DIANA

    That didn't take long. I guess that's why Boehner was too busy attending a fundraiser to go to the memorial. He needed to let his rich friends know that he hasn't forgotten them.

    January 13, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. S. In California

    I have NO CONCERNS. My 19 year old son is able to ENJOY the benefits of good health again. I know this scares the life out of the republicans since they don't want the middle class to live long but GET USED TO IT. Thank God our president is AGAINST war and FOR health care therefore ensuring my sons will live LONG healthy lives.

    January 13, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. ...

    Funny how the GOP screams for deficit reduction all the while trying to derail legislation that would do exactly that.

    If legislation doesn't directly benefit the wealthy you can bet your bottom dollar the republican leadership is opposed to it.

    January 13, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. terry, va

    Let's get on with the people's business. Repeal healthcare, make the dumbocraps cut spending, reduce the deficit and make the Bush tax rates permanent. Anyone that is against this must be one of the 47% that doesn't contribute to society.

    January 13, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Whatever

    I hope that they are ALL respectful to each other!!! What a waste of time. It will not be signed by the President.

    January 13, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Vic of New York

    Gee, why doesn't Eric Cantor put his money where his mouth is and set an example by becoming the first Republican Representative to give up his Government Sposored Health Plan?

    HIPPOCRIT !!!!

    January 13, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    I think since CNN loves to do so many POLLS, they should RE-Poll and RE-Ask Americans if they are REALLY for a Repeal of Health Care? Break it down into ALL of what Health Care is offering and what would happen if it was taken away and I guarantee you, the RepubliCAN'Ts are on the WRONG TRACK!!!

    Nonetheless, the RepubliCAN’Ts know they are not going to succeed and they know they are on that “Bridge to SOMEWHERE” that will cross over to the VETO PEN!!! Also, they better take a good look at President Obama's approval rating; the change in TONE since the shootings in AZ; and the fact that many Americans may now feel that their judgment in the past was “blinded” by the hatred and bad rhetoric being spewed in the media……. THINK ABOUT IT!

    Let’s support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in a POSITIVE direction!!

    January 13, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Lolo

    This is what these people voted them back in for to waste more taxpayers money with this foolishness of a witch hunt. The republicans are just idiotic people. This is not your world. You are suppose to be working for all of America, not just your party and corporate America. The Republican party really knows how to scam the less intelligent people. Just like Sarah Palin. Shameful.

    January 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. cf

    As Ms Giffords and the others wounded now lie in hospital beds, recovering and receiving treatments to save their lives, the Republicans are still insistent on denying others the same opportunity should tragedy strike. As usual, the GOP's heads are up their you-know-where.

    January 13, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Patrick

    1 Million homes repossessed.....families lives ruined....jobless claims up 35,000....9.6% unemployment.....bankers and Wall Street enjoying obscene bonuses......outr nation slipping further into the abyss and all these clowns can focus on is trying to stop an attempt to check the outrageous increases in healthcare costs that we endure everyday. Every single politician in DC should have one agenda item only – create jobs. Nothing else should matter. But will they? No chance....that would actually require some innovation and creativity and WORK on their part......they are a national disgrace!

    January 13, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Joan

    Let's hope they debate it with civility and honesty. People will be listening closely for comments about "killing Grandma", "death panels" and killing jobs. Finally people are going to be fact-checked like never before so it should bring a more honest and helpful discussion. It may hamper some people who seem to use a "fear and smear" tactic quite often but it should mean the American people get more balanced and truthful information.

    January 13, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Maria Monzon

    Shame just shame. We just should keep the horrible health system that we have, it looks like we deserve it.

    January 13, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    While Giffords and others are fighting for their lives in Arizona, I pray they are being provided the best healthcare in the World, God is great. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer needs to step up to the job and give those citizens needing transplants the same opportunity of survival instead of denying them using the excuse "there is no money and besides their survival rate with a transplant is not good". Mrs. Brewer needs to fulfill her citizen duties as Governor and leave Gods work alone.

    January 13, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if the GOP understood why it was done. I don't think that the GOP understands that everyone would like to have the chance to afford health insurance. It would also be nice if they know not to bring points up that have been clearly refuted by the press and other watchdog organizations.

    January 13, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. djb

    yea right, americans have such concern


    you mean the lobbiest have such a concern

    ........................republicans represent the rich and the corporations, not the people

    January 13, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. petros

    Repealing health care law? what the hell are republican doing in this country?

    January 13, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. AGrey

    If the debate's on nothing but the issues, it'll never get repealed.

    Most americans, when asked about the specifics of the law, are for the health care bill.

    But is Republicans can't get their supporters riled up and angry about the government coming to throw grandma to the wolves, they lose whatever support they once had for a repeal.

    No wonder the GOP has been so intent on stirring the pot lately–when people have a chance to cool down and think, they vote Democrat.

    January 13, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Oy Vey Az

    What a folly! Republicans I use to admire have turned to the dark side. What a shame ... I'll be more expressive of my disgust in 2012..

    January 13, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. GOP Taliban Victim

    Any Republican that votes to repeal Healthcare should agree to forfeit their own government-run healthcare benefits. Then they would actually have a leg to stand on. Otherwise it's all a big lie to serve up to their mis-informed brainwashed base.

    January 13, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. rs

    The Republican Party's first serious effort at group suicide. Why continue this insane war on the Middle Class?

    January 13, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. wiredweirdoinSF

    Great, we desperately need to begin the process of getting rid of this horrid legislation and replacing it with common sense, market driven solutions.

    January 13, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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