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. Willy Brown

    Wednesday January 5, 2011 the day socialism died in America..

    January 3, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Sal

    An old but very true story of mine. When I was a very young teenager. 60 odd years or so ago I asked one of my relatives "what is the difference between the democrats and the republicans?" I remember very vividly the answer that they gave me way back then. I think it may have been an uncle of mine who clearly said that the "democrats are for the poor and the republicans are for the rich". That answer stuck in my mind over the years and over the years I could see the truth in that answer and how it manifests itself today with the mean spirited republican party. 

    January 3, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. maine liberal

    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.

    you lie .. I have the same coverage as i always had ... as for costs when in the last 50 years have cost gone down. the only thing going down are coverages as co-pays and no-pays increase. with insurance company executive pay and bonuses.

    January 3, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. War919

    Anonymous posted "With our economy in peril, a nuclear crisis in Asia, continuing high unemployment, millions of Americans without the ability to pay for health care ... the Republicans are saying that Congress doesn't need to meet as much this year, because they don't really plan to do much." I am confused, were these problems non-existent when the Democrats spent over a year pushing and twisting and wrangling to pass the so-called health care reform? The issues have been a problem since before this administration took office, yet they were not important enough for them to focus on, right? Now you are up in arms? The hypocrisy that lives on both sides of the political aisle is staggering.

    January 3, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Good, they will do what the majority of the people voted them in to do this year.

    January 3, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Every minute that they spend on it is wasted.
    The same is true with Ken Starr style "investigations" Republicans are threatening President Obama with.

    January 3, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. bailoutsos

    GOP is against something for the average American?

    January 3, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. cmkc

    I am so disgusted by Republicans. The Party of the corporations and the wealthy, by the corpoations and teh wealthy , and for the corporationsand the wealthy. Governing is a foreign concept to them, game-playing, keeping the middle class in our respectie "place," and political posturing is all they seem to be capable of. After they keep the top 5% rich rolling in their tax breaks, they now trot out the buzz word "sacrifice." I am one of the "American people" the keep insisting they are representing – not quite.

    January 3, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Raymond H. Burgoon-Clark

    I blame the American electorate for their stupidity and short memories. The Republicans gave the WORLD abundant proof in the years 2000-2008 that they were INCAPABLE of governing. They got the US into two wars, very nearly crashed the global economy, rode roughshod over the Constitution, and tried to dismantle practically every protection in place for the individual: EPA, Education, Wall Street regulation, etc. etc. etc.

    What in BLAZES made you think they were going to do ANYTHING different a scant TWO YEARS LATER?

    This is one of the times when the electorate gets the government they so richly deserve. Let the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, the sick, and the children do without while they stuff their pockets with ill-gotten and illegal gains from their fat-cat oligarch buddies in Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Construction, Big Independent Contractors, etc. while our sons and daughters die on battlefields far from home with inadequate equipment because of their SHAMELESS cheating on standards.

    There's a place in HE!! for the LOT of them.

    January 3, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Namelarry

    Nice job america, the more we fall in education, the more choices like this we'll see.

    January 3, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. vinnie

    don't the repubs need to have constitutional justification to do this? wasn't that one of their major new initiatives?

    January 3, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. they call me "tater salad"

    Yep!...........Still looking for a job and still not having any luck finding ANYTHING available out there.............Whats up Republicans?! Though you big talking, know it all's, had this all figured out?? Since you racist losers weren't willing to give Obama much time to work his magic, guess how much time "we the people" are going to give you big talking clowns?..........Go ahead, take a guess!!!!!

    January 3, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Pat-San Jose CA

    What's really sad is those who say the new law has caused their insurance premiums to increase or has negatively affected those on Medicare. As if insurance rates hadn't been going up double digits over the past 10 years. As if SS recipients have not gained some relief from the donut hole. What a bunch of losers and liars.

    January 3, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. TX Democrat

    This is nothing more than political posturing since they know that repel of the healthcare bill will not passed in the Senate. Stop wasting taxpayers money with this nonsense. If the Republicans want to repel healthcare, start by repeling their own government healthcare.

    January 3, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Liz the First

    This demonstrates the repuglicans' priorities to a tee! The health reform bill is good for average Americans and the benefits will become even more obvious as the rest of the privisions take effect. but these folks don't care if average Americans die for lack of health care. their rich buddies all have good health care so in their eyes, everything's just hunky-dory! let's hope it's clear to everyone after a couple of years of republican garbage where their loyalty lies. it's NOT with we, the people!

    January 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. johnRJ08

    Republicans have no plans to "repeal and replace". They just want to bring down whatever Obama has built. Recent CNN poll shows that nearly 60% of Americans supported the health care reform and, when asked about its individual components, that number climbs to over 80%. Yet the Republicans want to dismantle it and leave us with nothing.

    January 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. DH

    GOP = Gang Of Parasites

    GOP Creed:
    Repeal anything that help hardworking Americans, steal their money and give them to nice Wall Streets guys in clean business suits, because they sponsor our reelections.

    January 3, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    the GOP needs to come off that crap about what the American people want.....the American people were againt tax cuts for the rich, were in favor of DADT repel, many were in favor of the Dream Act and believe it or not there are more in favor of the new Healthcare Act than they want you to know. The GOP is in favor of repeal for the INSURANCE COMPAINIES to hell with denying care to people with pre-existing conditions, doughnut holes, and keeping your kids on your policy until they are 26. So the first thing the GOP is going to go after is Healthcare, huh? Some much for JOBS I guess!

    January 3, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Let's see... Dems control the Senate. Dems control the White House.

    Well done, House GOP. You're already wasting time masterfully.

    January 3, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Ben Ben

    Wow! I guess all you unemployed people who voted for these losers are happy now! No job and now they are doing what they can to take away a chance to get affordable healthcare. You get what you vote for! I'm glad I'm a disabled vet so I don't have to worry about my healthcare.

    January 3, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  21. Katie

    The republicans are just playing to the rubes. Health care reform is not going to be repealed or replaced. They're just playing to the portion of their base stupid enough to believe their lies.

    Try telling the millions with pre-existing conditions that the thieves running the insurance companies no longer have to cover them or their sick children. Try telling the millions with college aged children that they can no longer cover their kids on their policies. Oh, that's right, they won't have to because the republicans replacement version contains 80% of what is currently in the health care reform bill. What's the missing 20%? The means to pay for it. Remember, republicans don't believe that they have to pay for their legislation – the dems plan is paid for and will reduce the deficit. The republicans could never say that about any of their legislation.

    Hey republicans – speaking as a cancer patient and an American citizen – keep your grubby hands off my health care!

    January 3, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Joe

    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.

    January 3, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. ML

    They are rushing it through before the general public has a chance to experience benefits from it. Because if the public does, they may not want to repeal it.

    January 3, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Bruce

    I thought the 'Merican people said that they wanted these jokers to get started on job creation. I guess it's business as usual for these guys...huh/ Elections have consequenses!!! You're bout to loose your healthcare people!

    January 3, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Carmelle

    If they are really serious about it, THEY SHOULD TURN DOWN THEIR GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE TOO!!!!

    They ask for tax cuts for the rich but want to screw the poor!!!!

    January 3, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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