House GOP to move this week on health care repeal
January 3rd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
11 years ago

House GOP to move this week on health care repeal

Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.

House GOP sources tell CNN that they will unveil repeal legislation Monday night, even before they claim the majority Wednesday. Then, on Friday, Republicans will hold a critical procedural vote – the first step towards passing the repeal. A final House vote will likely take place next Wednesday.

Republicans have said for some time the House would take up repealing health care, a top GOP campaign issue, during the first month of the new Congress, but up to now have not revealed exactly when. Regardless, the repeal has little chance of passing the Senate.

Republicans say they decided to bring it up this soon to quickly respond to voters' frustration with the health care law, which Republicans argue is hurting the economy.

"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-VA.

"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. That is why the House will repeal it next week," he said.

The fact that this will be taken up by the full House so soon without committee hearings will likely draw scorn from Democrats, since Republicans have pledged to make the House more open and transparent.

But, GOP sources insist the health care law has been litigated for two years, and say that they do intend to conduct health care hearings. Along with legislation for repeal will be instructions for key House committees to hold hearings on what new health care law should replace it.

Because House Republicans will have such big numbers in their new majority, they likely have the votes to pass the health care repeal. But Republicans admit the repeal will almost surely die in the Senate, where Democrats maintain control.

Given that reality, Republicans say their long term strategy for doing away with the health care law is to try to use Congress' power of the purse to choke funding and make it hard for the administration to implement the law.

Threats of a health care reform repeal by House Republicans did not appear to be rattling the White House.

An aide pointed out that Democrats still control the Senate and it appears highly unlikely that a repeal would pass in that chamber. In addition President Obama could use his veto pen.

Nonetheless, the White House is planning to push back. "We're going to defend the bill [law] and continue to stress all the benefits that are going into effect right now," said the aide.

And White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said, "We're confident about defending the law."

Meanwhile Senate Democratic leaders, anticipating this House Republican move, sent a letter Monday to incoming House Speaker John Boehner warning that repealing the health care law would take away "popular consumer protections that help middle class Americans," including fixing the so-called Medicare "donut hole," which caused higher prescription drug costs for seniors.

"Taking this benefit away from seniors would be irresponsible and reckless at a time when it is becoming harder and harder for seniors to afford a healthy retirement," wrote the Senate Democratic leaders.

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Ben

    "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...

    But since the law was enacted there have been jobs created in the economy, but let's not look at the facts.

    Isn't this a huge waste of time due to the President's veto power? Did House Republicans miss that?

    January 3, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Tierraman

    The photo says it all: Arrogant-Privileged-Clowns, every single one.....

    January 3, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. David In Chicago

    JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS. Where are the jobs?????

    January 3, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. NobodySpecial

    Yes, lets go back to "Dubya" Bush's old ways. This is all the tea baggies' fault and it'll ruin this country.

    January 3, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Any way you slice it we learn our lesson eventually..."

    Yes, we do learn our lessons eventually, and we made use of our hard-won education last November 2nd when we crushed the vicious, vindictive, economy-wrecking, "dimwits" (your word...) of the Democratic Party

    Gonna go out on a limb here. "Henry," and guess that you haven't paid any attention whatsoever to any of the data or expert opinions that have accumulated over the past 6 months. That's ok though. I'm pretty sure you'd rationalize it all away and then nod your head sagely as the GOP claims within the next couple of months that the same tax cuts that existed before, during and after the recession somehow magically fixed the very problems they help cause.

    "How do they sleep at night?"

    Hanging upside down in sarcophagi. They and their corporate masters plan to suck America and the middle class dry before it goes boom. They couldn't care less about us or the nation as long as they have theirs in sufficient quantity and with sufficient security via the world banking systems to survive the rest of us turning into a third world banana republic that they can then turn around and exploit for similar slave labor as they do China and the rest of the world. If you don't understand that as their end-game, you're freekin retarded.

    January 3, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Bob C

    During the campaign: JOBS JOBS JOBS

    After the campaign: REPEAL HEALTH CARE


    January 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Travis Johnson

    Boehner and Canter, 2011's version of dumb and dumber .... we are totally ok to spend unknown dollars shooting guns and invading countries but god forbid we spend money to help the economy and the country. Here's how the Iraq funding conversation went with Bush and the rest of the republicants ..... those are IOU's, that is as good as money .... get a clue republicans, your trash !

    January 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. NC

    Just a joke that's what republicans are. You will never repeal this law. Enjoy your 2 years because all of you will be voted out of office in 2012. Don't forget some republicans don't have health care either. You want to hurt those on Medicare and the middle class, remember they are republicans too.

    January 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Nadeem

    Can someone in Washington please focus on jobs and the economy. We are finally recoving from the recession my 401K is back to where it was (yes its safe to look again), 1.1M jobs created, my parents donought hole for Medicare is being filled (we figure it will save is 2K per year), and i was able to put my kids under my plan at work (they were not alowed before because they were too old)., and what does the GOP want to do as their first act – waste their time relpealing something that will go nowhere. Stop wasting your time and our money and either cut something, or pass legilsation that will grow the economy or create jobs.

    January 3, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. June in January

    After all their complaining of money wasted, how dare them waste taxpayersmoney time trying to repeal the healthcare plan. This is one of the things the majority of the people wanted to get done, and now they want to undo it?? Shame on you GOP, who most likely will never know what it's like to be without ANY healthcare.

    January 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. lynn

    Who is lower than the GOP right now?? How about the worms in my garden. Sorry, didn't want to insult my garden worms.

    January 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Cam94509

    Obama is still the PoTUS, and thus, even with filibuster reform, the republicans would need 2/3 of the house, and more unlikely, 67 senators, to vote for this. That would mean that 20 Democratic Senators would have to vote for it. This is a cute publicity stunt, but that's all it is.

    January 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. PalmReader

    In other words, GOPers hold true to their promise of shutting down the Government, which is ALL this Health Care repeal nonsense is all about, one health care hearing after another.

    Meanwhile, let us continue fighting two wars, let us contine out sourcing jobs overseas, let us continue, and continue, and continue ... getting nothing done.

    January 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. chenna

    Wow. Really? At a time when many Americans are struggling and made it clear that Washington should be focusing on the jobs and the economy the new GOP Congress wants to waste time on this. Good grief.

    January 3, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. carrotroot

    To guys like Aboud & Four – so you only care about the symbolism of repeal, because this is largely symbolic move that really amounts to nothing. The Healthcare law will still be law of the land, that's pretty much fact at this point.

    January 3, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Nadeem

    Why not repeal their own tax payer funded healthcare first. After they do that they can look at ours.

    January 3, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Ken in Maryland

    What happened to Boehner's promise not to waste time trying to pass anything he knows won't pass the Senate? This definitely won't. It took all of a day in power to break his promise. What a complete waste of time and the taxpayers' dollars.

    January 3, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Gil

    All I can say it sthe obvious! They are all idiots in the GOP Party of NO. God Owful People!

    January 3, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. michelle - san francisco

    they (GOP) passed tax cuts for billionaires but they can't swallow the fact that the average Joe can get a break on healthcare from the new reform. What kind of creeps are they?

    January 3, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Independent

    The republicans know they do not have the numbers to override a veto. They are simply taking this vote as part of their campaign promise. They, smartly in my opinion, want to get it out of the way early so they can move on to other things.

    January 3, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Unbelievable...

    I've about had it with these so-called "representatives" enjoying their taxpayer funded perks like platinum health care all the while denying the same basic necessities for their constituents!

    No surprise here as the republicans have never supported anything that failed to make the rich richer.

    January 3, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. NC

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, that's what republicans promised.

    January 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Willa-PA

    Here we go...go ahead gop...can't wait till 2010, then the people will see who's for or against them. Oh wait, they don't see at all, they voted against their interrest this time and will again next time because the corporate money will make them believe lies over and over again. People are so dumb, the right people I mean.

    January 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Hahahaha...

    I can't wait for this idiotic tactic to backfire!!!

    January 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Phil in KC

    It's all for show. They know full well they cannot get it past the Senate. And, if they do, it will be vetoed by the President. They just want something they can twist around and turn into a campaign issue. Never mind that most Americans like most of the provisions in the health care bill. The Republicans will do anything to create a false issue.
    You know who doesn't like the health care bill? Insurance companies. Probably the same ones who contributed campaign money to a lot of those Republicans. Let's face it, Republicans don't care about the poor or middle class. They are bought and paid for by big business and the wealthy.

    January 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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