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. ThinkAgain

    Boehner and all you House Repubs, please do the following:

    Check out this info from the Heritage Foundation's website about Mittens and Romneycare (from the article "Mitt's Fit" by Edmund Haislmaier, January 28, 2006):

    "The Romney approach is ... a state health-insurance exchange ... exactly what stock exchanges do for the buying and selling of securities. Like a stock or commodity exchange, Romney's health-insurance exchange would be a clearinghouse but never a product regulator."

    Like President Obama has said, the Affordable Healthcare Act is modeled on Romneycare ...

    So Boehner, how do you manage to keep your head from exploding from the lies you spew every day? I must admit it's funny to watch you and all the Repubs try to convince the American voter that a program YOU championed is somehow bad for us, even when it's been a popular, successful program in Massachusetts!

    Obama/Biden = The only sane choice.

    July 2, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    The Republican Party is trying hood-wink America. THINK ABOUT IT. In order for President Obama to sign the Health Care Bill in to law it had to be passed by The Republican Control Congress or why did they vote for the bill if you don't want it in the first place . But now the Repulican hate it. THINK ABOUT IT. Go President Obama

    July 2, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Me IN HOUSTON

    Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?

    -NO

    Do stupid questions make good headlines?

    -...

    July 2, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the American people."

    Translation: "Republicans refuse to work or compromise in any fashion with any POTUS who won't simply just do as we say."

    July 2, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "It's a massive tax increase on the middle class.""

    Actually, it is in fact TINY. The revenue it would generate accordnig to CBO projections would amount to a tax increase of 0.029%....absolutely TINY in comparison to tax increases given to us by Reagan (0.98%) and GHWD (0.53%) and Clinton (0.63%).

    The GOP is just plain old blatantly lying again.

    July 2, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    When was the last time you heard the phrase "will of the American people" come out of Boehner? The will of the people want a jobs bill passed in the Congress.

    July 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. MTATL67

    The rhetoric being spewed by Boehner, Cantor and McConnell reeks of desperation. How can they when members of their own party are taking advantage of the ACA. The more they cry and whine about ACA the less sincere they sound when they go around saying it's about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. Talk about POLITICAL.

    July 2, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Republican talk about "repealing" yet their vision of a replacement law is on with exactly the same provision – but nothing on the record designated to pay the bill. One might assume they plan to trash Medicare (the Ryan Plan) and hand over all medical issues to Wall Street. That seems the be the core of every "vision" Republicans offer as a solution. You can be certain the working class would bear the brunt of the bill and the rich would get a sweetheart deal.

    July 2, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    says Sniffit, the practicing attorney making a lot of money who has no idea of accounting.

    July 2, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Right at you Boehner, "how about finding some Republicans that stand ready to work with you" because my friend, you aren't leading, you're being led.

    July 2, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Obamacare is a Knock-Off of Romneycare

    July 2, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. B

    The movement to repeal Obamacare is dead. It gave up the ghost in the Supreme Court. Republicans need to grieve and get over it. It is time to focus on the issue of jobs which is still very much alive.

    July 2, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Jerubbaal

    Why doesn't the MSM actually report the facts to hold our elected officials accountable to the truth and to educate the electorate. Any free society requires an independent media to ensure that that society remains free or else that society becomes 1930's Germany. Political propaganda run amok, all to the detriment of that society. Today's news outlets are nothing more than cheerleaders.

    July 2, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The new meaningless phrase for republicans this year is "Patient Centered Care," brought to you by Frank Luntz and the billionaires who are hell bent to repeal ACA. It takes on the same worthless rhetoric as "Drill, Baby, Drill,"

    July 2, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. Boehner and the GOP need a weak President, that would be Mitt Romney. A weak President(Romney) and a weak Speaker of the House(Boehner) that isn't a match made in Heaven that's a match made in H.....

    July 2, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Len

    Folks, If you have healthcare, YOU will not pay any taxes for healthcare. Only those who can afford healthcare and decide not to get healthcare will pay a penalty!!!!!! Read the law.......You will lose alot if the Repubs. get their way!!! Read the law and know what is in it that helps all Americans!!!!

    July 2, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Phyllis G Williams

    The Judge revealed great character showing "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5: 29).
    "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers...they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation" -
    (Romans 13)

    July 2, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    they'll repeal the healthcare law just like they did when they claimed in 2010 it was "all about jobs"! And we see how that all came out. Right now the GOP is quietly hoping that the June jobs report will not be all that good again so they can go on the attack and blame Obama for it. Priebus probably already has his speech written out..hopefully he'll have to throw it away.

    July 2, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    World economy is struggling; it will affect us time for us to put a plan

    Unfortunately our congress focusing on repeal obama care to send 30 millions to death chamber

    July 2, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Ojay

    It si time to end this marxist experiment and take the country back from these european wannabes. We can see how good Europe is doing after decades of socialism and our democratic party wants to follow? What is wrong with that picture?
    Repeal Obamacare and start voting every representative that voted for it out.

    July 2, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. fayse

    For ope all of those with pre-existing conditions I certainly hope that this law stands. I have several relatives with pre-existing health conditions. My Grandson contracted Hodgins lymphoma, thankfully he is cancer free now but, if this law is repealed, he would never qualify for health insurance again. My niece head a stroke and a heart attack at an early age. She tried to be put on her husbands health Insurance and was turned down. I know of a little baby that was born with a heart and lung defect. again, thankfully, this sweet little baby had open heart surgery. If the AHC is repealed, her parents would face coverage for her being denied and now she has a pre-existing health condition. Give it a rest GOP. You have your health coverage on a silver platter, leave the rest of us alone. One more point to make, I have another niece who has lived in Mass for over 27 years. When the Romney care was made into law, she was able to buy affordable health insurance for the first time and she is very happy with it.

    July 2, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. cali girl

    yawn.. All the GOP are doing is giving the middle finger to American people. 2013 can't come soon enough.

    July 2, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. CanadaONE

    at the trial of the four judges who wanted to commit murder – there would be two simple questions

    1. did you that your repeal of this law would directly result in the dealth of thousands of American?
    2. knowing that you would cause their death did you do anything to prevent their death

    once convicted – given that they are judges theye woulod not last very long in jail

    July 2, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Jim CT

    I wish that people would stop arguing about what to call this, and stop screaming repeal before they have suggested any viable alternative....other than the total cop-out of "market forces". No responsible person thinks you can handle all the problems of health care through "market forces" unless you don't cover preexisting conditions, don't wildly differentiate premiums based on age and/or health condition, and don't enforce lifetime caps. The conservative battle cry of "well study it to find a better way" is such a cop out....Obama's law may not be perfect, but at least he is trying. The alternative is do nothing. So annoying....

    July 2, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    The GOP fought/ ostructed/ resisted the overhaul of health insurance the whole way. Americans know that they have ZERO interest in fixing healthcare. It is only AFTER democrats LEADERSHIP that Republicans now care to even talk about the topic.

    Once people have a taste of so-called "Obamacare" . . . the elimination of "pre-existing" conditions as an excuse to deny coverage, having your college aged kids on your policy,or the elimination of draconian limits on life saving coverages . . . the Republicans WILL NOT even attempt to repeal the ACA.

    July 2, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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