All Senate Republicans appear ready to repeal health care law
January 31st, 2011
03:55 PM ET
11 years ago

All Senate Republicans appear ready to repeal health care law

Washington (CNN) - Every Republican in the Senate now appears ready to revoke President Obama's signature health care law. This comes as a federal judge, in Florida, strikes down key parts of the law as unconstitutional.

The GOP holds 47 seats in the Senate.

According to Sen. Jim DeMint's office, 45 of them will co-sponsor the South Carolina Republican's legislation – introduced last week - to fully repeal the health law. Republicans are "standing with the American people who are demanding we repeal this government takeover of health care," DeMint said at the time.

DeMint's office told CNN it did not yet have confirmation that Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran would sign on. But CNN contacted Cochran's office and confirmed that he would.

Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for Cochran, explained that the senator's legislative staff conducts a bill review first – before asking the senator whether or not to co-sponsor a bill.

"That process is going on in our office right now," Gallegos said. "We expect the senator to co-sponsor the DeMint bill."

Based on these numbers, that would mean that all of the Republican senators are now on board with the plan to repeal the health care law.

The intentions of some newly-elected GOP senators, who enjoy Tea Party support, are of little surprise. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rand Paul of Kentucky have all denounced the health care law.

Some names that may stand out to some are moderate Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine, and Scott Brown of Massachusetts. However, all three voted against the law's passage.

President Obama recently defended the law after the House voted to repeal it in January.

"I'm not willing to refight the battles of the last two years," the president said at a Families USA's Health Action Conference in Washington, on Friday. But the president has acknowledged he is open to ideas on how to improve the law.

Jon Summers, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, harshly denounced Republican efforts.

"What they are touting is their plan to raise taxes on small business, charge seniors more for prescription drugs, and increase the deficit," Summers said.

"We are happy to work with Republicans to improve the law, but we will not be part of their effort to stick it to consumers," he added.

Many Republicans acknowledge that their efforts to repeal the health care law could likely fail. They do not have enough votes to overcome a likely wall of Democratic opposition in the Senate. And, in the unlikely impossibility a GOP repeal bill passed the Senate, President Obama has the power to veto it.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Whatever

    JOBs, JOBs, JOBs!!!! I see they forgot those words very quickly. I see another CHANGE coming in 2012 in both Congress and Senate. Enjoy the majority while you can Boehner...

    January 31, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Liberal Liars

    Yet again liberals LIE.

    January 31, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So this is the job creation that republican promised?

    January 31, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Darko

    They won't need to repeal it if the SCOTUS takes it down. What we then can have is a civilized , NOT BEHIND DOORS, debate about sensible reform and not a rehash of the UK system that they are currently abandoning because they've run out of money. Maybe they'll even come up with something that actually lowers costs and fraud rather than merely promising that it will.

    January 31, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Jim

    So Rickster. look at the economy the last 3 quarters? All growth quarters. Yup, your'e right, nothing. Just because you are too blind to see the truth don't assume the rest of us want to be that blind.

    January 31, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Florida RULES

    lol FLORIDA RULES. We in Florida stuck the finger at OBAMACARE. REPEAL THIS LAW

    Every poll taken say America if in favour of health care repeal over %60

    Proud to be a florida Republican now
    Thanks to this health care law im changeing my vote from
    Obama 2008

    January 31, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. ingrid

    If health care is repealed by the GOP, I want all the GOP to give up their health care to show solidarity with all the people that will loose their coverage because of them

    January 31, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Jim

    Protect and Defend,

    So, only the right-wing has the right to free speech? No one has passed laws or asked you to not express your views. That was the way of the Bush administration, where they outed an active intelligence agent because her husband spoke the truth. But yeah your first ammendment rights are under siege! Watch out!

    January 31, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. livingfortruth

    Fascism is a form of socialism, so your name says something about you alright. NAZI stands for National Socialist Workers Party, so, no, you cannot pin that one on our side either. I think it is a case of projection.

    January 31, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. EddyL

    47 dopes all in a row..... BIG WOO. You still can't repeal the health law....

    January 31, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. gt

    start over and do it right... get everyone on board this time not just the democrats...

    January 31, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Stupid liberals and their endless comparisons to auto insurance! You are not FORCED to buy auto insurance UNLESS YOU DRIVE. The insurance is to protect OTHERS from you. You can optionally chose to protect your vehicle, unless the bank owns it.

    The correct comparison to Obamacare is that states can force EVERYBODY to buy car insurance whether you drive or NOT! Because using the same logic, you never know when you may need to drive a car, so just in case you do, you ARE REQUIRED TO BUY CAR INSURANCE AND HAVE IT AT ALL TIMES. Promises to never drive or turn in your drivers license matter not. GET IT DUMMIES???

    January 31, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. mike

    lets repeal healthcare and when the hospitals have patients that come to there door steps for treatment they should leave them there to die you can't have it both ways and if they are forced to take care of these people who are uninsured then they should file a law suit against the government for forcing them to take care of them as far as I am concern I won't buy healthcare insurance save my money and when I do get sick I will shop overseas do you honestly think that in the next ten years or so that countries like india,north korea,china,and many many more countries healthcare systems won't be up to are standards and the the healthcare systems will go broke and we can throw that to the waste side like we did manufacturing

    January 31, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    ObamaCare needs to go. We can do better. Future Americans deserve better from us than ObamaCare. This is not about access to insurance coverage. This is about doing the right way, not the way ObamaCare was slapped together... one special interest group at a time.

    January 31, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. ingrid

    Dear Patriots salute the flag! and traitors dont. I am tired of your attacks on democrats and on Obama. People who salute the flag but do not care for the people are not patriots. A real patriot supports their country but not as an abstract concept but for the people who comprise it and the values that go with it. I think our constitution, our judeo-christian values are about Americans standing together helping one another. Health care for all is a necessity. If you ask a GOP one on one, they will admit that health care reform is needed not just for the people but for the health of our economy. This attack on the health care is all about politics and all about them posturing to appease their base. This is them positioning themselves for 2012.

    January 31, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Bill

    Why doesn't the GOP stop this charade and work with the administration to improve the law and focus on their other mantra "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs".

    January 31, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. annie s

    Republicans – fight to save the unborn but let 44,000 of us die every year due to lack of health insurance or under-insurance. I vote we replace the elephant symbol with a pig.

    January 31, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Max Leygrume

    I laugh when I read liberals crowing about 'jobs' , 'unemployment' and the 'waste of tax payer money' .

    Your destruction as a political movement has only just begun. Save your strength liberals. You will be treated to the systematic disassembly of your failed "president" over the next two years. There will be nothing left of Barry Soetoro or your fairy tale movement.

    Your pain brings me great pleasure....

    January 31, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Rickster:

    What about Wall Street reform? What about saving millions of jobs in the Midwest with the bailouts? Its not about staying popular, its making the tough calls. 63 Dems in the House lost their jobs over a vote that took real courage, not some idiotic exercise designed to placate the super-lazy conservatives who seems to feel everything is free if the mandate comes from a boardroom instead of DC.

    What is Bush's legacy? 2 wars, a crashed economy, thousands of dead soldiers and civilians and a scandal-ridden GOP filled with no-bid contracts and borrowing from China to pay for tax breaks for the Koch brothers. Thats's right, I really want to go back to that.

    January 31, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Some people profess to be patriots, but sadly, are merely lunatics.

    January 31, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Alistair

    The President will veto the bill!

    January 31, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    47 isn't even enough to bring it to the floor.

    January 31, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. rob

    The real question CNN is, how many DEMOCRATS will vote to repeal ???? We may not know because Sen Reid won't allow it to come to a vote. The writing is already on the wall for the bill. It will go to the Supreme Court and the part about forcing people to buy insurance will be struck down, then we will need to start over with a real BI-PARTISAN plan.

    January 31, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Notice all the republican plans for health reform? Me either.

    January 31, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. diesel

    47 votes means nothing in the Senate, and is way short of a veto-proof majority. Yet another stunt by the GOP, conveniently wasting time that could be spent on important issues like economic recovery and job creation. As the President said in the SOTU, you want to cut costs, repeal the tax cuts you just extended . . . . .

    January 31, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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