Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?
July 2nd, 2012
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Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?

Washington (CNN) - While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.

The high court's 5-4 decision "underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said shortly after last Thursday's ruling. "Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the American people."

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  1. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    They won't be so gleeful when the republican bafoons party goes down in flames in Nov with romney the clown !!!!

    July 2, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Pander Bear

    Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare? No. Will they puff out their chest and stomp their feet and claim that they can when they know full well they can't repeal it? You betcha!

    July 2, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    Right now it's a race against time for the GOP which needs to intensify their campaign of misinformation. Full implementation of the law will over the fair minded skeptics. The GOP has lost every round of this fight. Now they are hoping for a knockout on election day which right now seem unlikely

    July 2, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. francis

    GOP? Grand old party; come to think of it, how does one expect a party that is out of touch with mordern reality to support anything that advances the need of younger generation?. The republican party is retroactive, not proactive. A party that promote only party interest at the expense of the common good. A party that would rather go to war and support huge defence budgets but will repeal anything that promotes the fundamental rights and basic needs of American citizens.
    The GOP's level of hypocricy is annoying to American; their deceptions are worrying, and their lack of vision is embaracing. Any mistake of voting a Republican into the white house will further allienate America from the global arena. Obama has kept us save so far and we sure do need his leadership because he is the people's president

    July 2, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. sithlord1

    Can anyone one here actually tell us what obama care has done and how much it costs?

    July 2, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Jules

    They better hurry and try because once the American people totally understand how Obamacare will help them and their families the GOP loses this as a talking point. Then we will hear Romney say that he was the one who told the president that he should use the healthcare system he set up in MA. It will be a flip flop flip.

    July 2, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Let the republicans win the presidentcy and the U.S. will be in " Wold War 3 . thats why President Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize . He delayed attacks by dialog with NATO , and other countrys , after Bush and his lies , started the illegal agressive invasion of Irouc. only Halliburton , Bush and Chaney benefited monetary. while we the tax payers pay for it.

    July 2, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Romney just decided the penalty required for people who don't purchase health insurance isn't a tax. He knows independents are smart enough to understand the similarity between his original plan and the current law. How will he make the healthcare law an issue when his "vision" for a re-do is exactly the same as the current law, but without a plan to pay the bill? It's proof that you can't get elected by simply being "against' everything!

    July 2, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. MizzPoliticz

    The GOP and Boehner are riduculous! They try so hard to downplay obamacare they don't even have any ideas of their own. Some of the changes president obama brought to the table are republican ideas but now they deny it just cause he proposed them. They're more worried about making president obama look bad... They could care less about us. They just want to keep their wallets fat, slim to none taxes, and they're personal healthcare. They felt insulted by the ruling so now they want to cry like big babys calling it an outrage.

    July 2, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Having to purchase health insurance is your part of the bargain.

    Our part? When you seek medical care – and you WILL seek it at some point in your life – we agree to not let you die.

    July 3, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  11. CBR

    If Congress had been interested in finding the best health care initiatives they had ample opportunity to work together and to find common ground. Now, even though the Supreme Court did not go the way they had hoped,the Speaker still wants to repeal the health care initiative. He mentions that he and the Republicans will meet with a potus who is willing to listen. Meanwhile Rep.Cantor is working on a bill to end these initiatives.

    The are some problems with the bill and the Republican and other politicos should be looking to work cooperatively.
    the time has come to work together and to stop dragging their feet, and work with the President.
    There should be a give and take on ideas on some provisions of the bill.Not to do so is a slap against what Americans believe the role of Congress to be. Show some real leadership Mr. Speaker.

    July 3, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. L. R. Long

    The GOP argument is a joke. Repeal a law that makes it illegal for an insurance company to set a limit to how much they'd spend on an insured American? Repeal a law that makes it illegal for insurance companies to deny you coverage (treatment) if you have a pre-existing condition (in need of treatment)? Now, it's "Repeal AND REPLACE"... Replace with what? It will be legal for companies to deny and limit coverage if the ACA is repealed. When the American people demonstrate they want companies to have to cover people, who are already sick, what will the GOP say, then? They have been shooting themselves in the foot with this whole 'repeal Obamacare' argument. Day of reckoning is November 6th...

    July 3, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  13. Marry

    Let’s rephrase that so we understand what House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said: "Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the 1% that try to buy our way back into the White House knowing that it would not be good news for the American people as long as we are back and can make President Obama a one-term president like we promised to do from the very beginning."

    July 3, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  14. Rick 7809

    One thing that is clear, this argument will go on for a long time no matter who gets elected. If the republicans do stop this program, what plan do they have to fix the health care system. It is still a broken system and guns and tax breaks will not fix it.

    July 3, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. exrepublican

    Ask any of your repub. friends or family who are against healthcare reform to name 3 issues of the bill. They can't! But they sure hate it!

    July 3, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  16. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    The president is listening to the American people. Why do you think we got healthcare reform? HE LISTENED TO US!!

    July 3, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
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